Even bots have arguments. Some Wikipedia bots can undo each other for years before settling an edit

Computer scientists from the University of Oxford and the Alan Turing Institute in the UK analyzed how both human editors and bots interact on Wikipedia. Anyone can edit an entry on Wikipedia which is why human volunteers and bots specially made to check facts and edits are so important. Sometimes editors will make back and forth changes before reaching a final decision. The same goes for bots as well, the study found. Interestingly, bots on some pages of Wikipedia ‘argued’ for years before finally settling.

You might be surprised to learn that most of the internet’s traffic isn’t created by humans. Bots are responsible for 52 percent of web traffic, according to the security firm Imperva. Most of these bots are malignant, designed to attack websites by scrapping content and spamming comments.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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