science
Robo-Whiskers and Three Other Cool, Creepy, Animal-Inspired Machines

Inventors, designers and engineers are constantly cribbing from Mother Nature, building new-school robots inspired by old-school biology. Let's take a look at some of the latest, greatest, and weirdest designs that use biomimicry to give animal capabilities to machines. Read More >>

internet
More Than Half of Internet Traffic Is Just Bots

People attribute a lot of annoying internet stuff to bots. Twitterbot followers, bots that sneak past spam filters, bots that send weird gibberish on messaging services. It sounds kind of tired, but maybe the situation is exactly as bad as everyone thinks. Read More >>

internet
Over 60 Per Cent of Internet Traffic is Now Driven By Bots

Chances are that, if you're visiting this page, you're not a human. A new study reveals that 61.5 percent of all website traffic is generated by automated bots. Hi, robot! Read More >>

blackberry
Why Does BBM For Android Have a Tonne of Horribly Fake Reviews?

So BBM for Android and iOS finally made it out after some delays. And how is it? "Really great user friendly and smooth" apparently. At least, according to the legion of bots that are leaving positive reviews on Google Play. Read More >>

twitter
Meet the Twitter Bot That Can Answer All Your Questions

Remember SmarterChild? That AIM bot that would answer all/most of your questions and get huffy and stop talking to you when you inevitably started swearing at it? Unfortunately SmarterChild is still dead and gone, but it's got a Twitter descendant: @DearAssistant. Read More >>

security
Ticketmaster Is Dumping Awful Captchas

Captcha is the worst, and Tickmaster's particular strain of the virus is especially, well, impossible. It's changing that, though, to a system that will hopefully be more friendly to actual people trying to use it. Read More >>

youtube
YouTube Took 2 Billion Views Away from Sony, Universal, and Others

While Gangnam style was out racking up a billion views, channels owned by Sony and Universal have moved twice as far in the other direction. YouTube has stripped them of these views alleging a violation of the YouTube terms of service which prohibit the artificial inflating of view-counts. Read More >>

security
Prove You're a Human By Telling This Captcha You Have the Right Feelings

Everybody wants a better Captcha. Trying to type in those distorted words can be a serious pain, and it's becoming less and less of an impedance to ever-more-intelligent spam bots. The Civil Rights Captcha takes a different approach; you've got to have a little empathy. Read More >>

gaming
Gaming Bot Convinces Humans it's a Real Person With Feelings, Grudges and Fury

The developers of two multi-player bot opponents have happened upon the right formula, managing to convince human players they were playing against actual people rather than computer controlled chunks of code. Read More >>

wikipedia
The Bots That Run Wikipedia

Wikipedia is probably the most impressive crowdsourced endeavor in history, but if you think that every little edit is being clacked out in the basement lair of some volunteer, you're way, way wrong. Wikipedia relies on an army of bots to keep the quality of articles high and trolls at bay. Read More >>

internet
World's Third-Largest Spam Botnet Is Knocked Offline for Good

Salutations, My Dearest One: I am writing to you this blog post with joy and happy feelings in my heart, bringing news that will be of great interest and benefit to you. Oh, beloved, there is indeed a special reason for why I have chosen to contact you in this moment of your day, I write to you now because of the urgency of our situation: the world's third-largest spam botnet was knocked offline, today—for good. Read More >>

google
Google Finally Puts Captchas to Good Use

Captchas are the Internet's speed bump. They perform little function beyond slowing users down — not bots, mind you, just people. But now Google's found a way to employ the oddly-fonted phrases for a different kind of verification. Read More >>

facebook
Researchers Glean 250GB of Facebook User Data with New Socialbot

Facebook's "Immune System" might not be as robust as Zuckerberg believes. In fact, four researchers from the University of British Colombia have recently demonstrated just how easily a new breed of bot can infiltrate the FB system and harvest user data. Read More >>

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