Bots are not lovable. This time of year they compete from out attention with images of puppies, children, glamour dads and mums and assorted cuddly toys.
Just for Once
So just for once, I want to raise a toast to the Bots that are changing our lives. 24/7 they are there for us, scanning words and images, channelling them to a myriad of other botpals. It’s through such efforts that the WWW has grown into the greatest species of the age, truly a digitatus magnificus
What is a Bot?
A bot (short for “robot”) is a program that operates as an agent for a user or another program or simulates a human activity. On the Internet, the most ubiquitous bots are the programs, also called spiders or crawlers, that access Web sites and gather their content for search engine indexes.
Then there are the chatterbots, specializing in providing weather and location information, and sports scores.
eBay is losing its battle to prevent bots being used to search its site for bargains.
Botfair comes to Betfair
In the UK, Betfair have taken the more tolerant route enabling them to manage bot interactions just like those with mere human site visitors.
OK, so some bots do naughty things. Such as denial-of-service attacks, click fraud, spambotting, phishing, and grabbing the best good seats for concerts. Wherever in fact the Smithsonian and Darwinian powers of free enterprise and competition thrive. Even as I write I learn of the fate of the inventor of The Butterfly Bot, and the problems of 250,000 computer users due to cryptolocker bot blackmail.
But I still find it in my heart to extend my best wishes to those bots as well. They know not what they are forced to do. Maybe they will find redemption through their patron Saint Jobs, of the Latterday Church of Bots.
So there we have it. “To every hard working slavebot out there, a happy and botfulfilled Christmas“.