Do Android Trolls Dream of Electric Bridges?
Guys, I think everyone’s favorite troll is a bot. Jeff, do you have that bit of robot, webcrawler, and bot blocking text in your header? I put it in, and he doesn’t seem to come around. (That and I’ve got him banned from commenting in haloscan.) How many of you have it in your header? I was getting hits from him, but haven’t, once I fixed a problem with the header. (I mis-typed something.)
He acts a lot like one of those AIM sex bots. I mean, think about it. once you get to a certain point in the conversation, if you keep responding, he’ll respond with something completely off topic, but a previous topic of conversation. It doesn’t matter what you respond with, so long as certain phrases are there, he’ll respond with a set (pre-programmed?) response. But if you get to something that breaks the query/response loop, you’ll get gibberish, like it’s some sort of parse error.
University of Tulsa does have some people doing AI at it. I could see some grad student getting ahold of the book our favorite troll supposedly wrote for a couple of bucks and using that to set up certain facts about the bot’s “life.” Eliza’s decades old, and I know advances have been made in the field.
Then again it would be more likely (and more ethical) to have a bot you wouldn’t notice. It responds appropriately to threads, and goes on its merry way without leaving a shitstorm in its wake. Unless it is learning from analysis of threads. The internet’s a nasty place, so I could see any AI loose on it going psycho.