jm + bots   14

Chatbot that overturned 160,000 parking fines now helping refugees claim asylum | Technology | The Guardian
The original DoNotPay, created by Stanford student Joshua Browder, describes itself as “the world’s first robot lawyer”, giving free legal aid to users through a simple-to-use chat interface. The chatbot, using Facebook Messenger, can now help refugees fill in an immigration application in the US and Canada. For those in the UK, it helps them apply for asylum support.
government  technology  automation  bots  asylum  forms  facebook 
17 days ago by jm
Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps
As I’ll explain, messenger apps’ apparent success in fulfilling such a surprising array of tasks does not owe to the triumph of “conversational UI.” What they’ve achieved can be much more instructively framed as an adept exploitation of Silicon Valley phone OS makers’ growing failure to fully serve users’ needs, particularly in other parts of the world. Chat apps have responded by evolving into “meta-platforms.” Many of the platform-like aspects they’ve taken on to plaster over gaps in the OS actually have little to do with the core chat functionality. Not only is “conversational UI” a red herring, but as we look more closely, we’ll even see places where conversational UI has breached its limits and broken down.
apps  bots  chatops  chat  ui  messaging  silicon-valley  agents  alexa  siri  phones 
april 2016 by jm
Yeobot - CloudNative
'The shared SQL command line for AWS'. it's #chatopsy!
chatops  yeobot  bots  cloudnative  ec2  aws  slack 
march 2016 by jm
The price of the Internet of Things will be a vague dread of a malicious world
So the fact is that our experience of the world will increasingly come to reflect our experience of our computers and of the internet itself (not surprisingly, as it’ll be infused with both). Just as any user feels their computer to be a fairly unpredictable device full of programs they’ve never installed doing unknown things to which they’ve never agreed to benefit companies they’ve never heard of, inefficiently at best and actively malignant at worst (but how would you now?), cars, street lights, and even buildings will behave in the same vaguely suspicious way. Is your self-driving car deliberately slowing down to give priority to the higher-priced models? Is your green A/C really less efficient with a thermostat from a different company, or it’s just not trying as hard? And your tv is supposed to only use its camera to follow your gestural commands, but it’s a bit suspicious how it always offers Disney downloads when your children are sitting in front of it. None of those things are likely to be legal, but they are going to be profitable, and, with objects working actively to hide them from the government, not to mention from you, they’ll be hard to catch.
culture  bots  criticism  ieet  iot  internet-of-things  law  regulation  open-source  appliances 
september 2015 by jm
Improving The Weather On Twitter
lovely open-source dataviz improvement for near-term historical rainfall-radar images
dataviz  weather  rain  rainfall  radar  nws  twitter  bots  graphics  ui 
august 2015 by jm
A NetHack bot ascends!
Via negatendo: 'I would like to share my excitement about the fact that after almost a year of development, an instance of my NetHack bot has finally managed to ascend a game for the first time without human interventions, wizard mode cheats or bones stuffing, and did so at the public server at acehack.de.'

The bot is written in Clojure. Apparently 'pudding farming' did the trick...
clojure  via:negatendo  pudding-farming  games  nethack  bots 
february 2015 by jm
Swiss Authorities Arrest Bot for Buying Drugs and Fake Passport
A bot created by a group of artists spent the last few months selecting items at random from a Silk Road-style darknet marketplace, buying them with Bitcoin, and having them shipped to a gallery in Switzerland. After the it bought some ecstasy pills and a counterfeit passport, we asked: How will authorities deal with the complex legal and moral issue of a piece of artificial intelligence breaking the law? It turns out, the answer was simple: just arrest the computer.
drugs  darknet  bitcoin  ecstasy  art  bots  law-enforcement  switzerland 
january 2015 by jm
Meet the Robot Telemarketer Who Denies She's A Robot
Florida's spammers strike again - pushing the boundaries of intrusive direct sales and marketing
florida  ai  spam  direct-marketing  bots  sales  health-insurance 
december 2013 by jm
Why Did 9,000 Porny Spambots Descend on This San Diego High Schooler? - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
Good article about emergent behaviour from networked malware:

'The metabot, therefore, is viral. You get followed because of who follows you. This tendency explains the strange geographical cluster among San Diego high school students. Perhaps one of those kids was being followed by a really popular account (like @Interscope records, perhaps, which follows hundreds of thousands of people), and through that link, the bot stumbled into this little circle of San Diego teens.

All of this activity would have remained under the radar, of course, all part of the silent non-human web. Except something went awry. For some reason, Olivia got stuck in a weird loop, and the metabot kept spawning spambots that chose to follow her over and over, relentlessly.

Maybe once the metabot reached the San Diego kids, a bug kicked in. Instead of negative feedback keeping her (and everyone else) from being followed too often, we got runaway positive feedback. The bots followed her because other bots followed her. And on and on.

Which is, perhaps a kind of reasoning that we can understand: It's the core logic of fame and celebrity itself. Attention flows to Snooki because attention flowed to Snooki. Attention flows to Olivia because attention flowed to Olivia.

Olivia and her friends weren't wrong when they thought she'd become suddenly famous. Her audience just wasn't human.'
socialnetworking  spam  twitter  bots  fame  alexis-madrigal 
december 2013 by jm
The New York Review of Bots
'Welcome to the New York Review of Bots, a professional journal of automated-agent studies. We aspire to the highest standards of rigorous analysis, but will often just post things we liked that a computer made.'
robots  bots  tumblr  ai  word-frequency  markov-chain  random  twitter 
october 2013 by jm
The New York Review of Bots - @TwoHeadlines: Comedy, Tragedy, Chicago Bears
What is near-future late-capitalist dystopian fiction but a world where there is no discernible difference between corporations, nations, sports teams, brands, and celebrities? Adam was partly right in our original email thread. @TwoHeadlines is not generating jokes about current events. It is generating jokes about the future: a very specific future dictated by what a Google algorithm believes is important about humans and our affairs.
google-news  google  algorithms  word-frequency  twitter  twoheadlines  bots  news  emergent  jokes 
october 2013 by jm
Concert Industry Struggles With ‘Bots’ That Siphon Off Tickets - NYTimes.com
Bots now buying more than 60% of tickets, one group requesting up to 200,000 per day; bot writers now charging $14 per 10k captchas (via Shane Naughton)
ticketmaster  scalping  tickets  via:shane-naughton  bots  captchas  abuse 
may 2013 by jm
Spam-erican Apparel
'LifeSphere currently offers more than 90,000 unique products and is more than likely run by one person in a suburban bungalow in Phoenix. As far as I can gather their process consists of ALPHABETICALLY(!) applying every single image in the Public Domain photography archive to every object Zazzle offers. Amazingly almost everything they make is amazing. From doggy clothes featuring macrophotography of Chex Mix, to “Thanksgiving Shrimp” skateboard decks, LifeSphere proves 90,000 times over that rigorous process-based design yields infallibly fresh results.' (via Nelson)
bots  clothing  design  manufacturing  zazzle  on-demand  spam  new-aesthetic  future 
may 2012 by jm
Robot wars break out on poker sites • The Register
'The world's two largest poker sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, are battling to keep poker bots off their sites.' The anti-abuse arms race in poker hits the news
poker  arms-race  adversarial-classification  bots  abuse  from delicious
november 2010 by jm

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