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Computer bots are more like humans than you might think | ScienceDaily

Computer bots are more like humans than you might think | ScienceDaily

Researchers say ‘benevolent bots’, otherwise known as software robots, that are designed to improve articles on Wikipedia sometimes have online ‘fights’ over content that can continue for years. Editing bots on Wikipedia undo vandalism, enforce bans, check spelling, create links and import content automatically, whereas other bots (which are non-editing) can mine data, identify data or identify copyright infringements. The team analysed how much they disrupted Wikipedia, observing how they interacted on 13 different language editions over ten years (from 2001 to 2010). They found that bots interacted with one another…

Source: Computer bots are more like humans than you might think, having fights lasting years: Bots interact with one another, whether or not by design, and it leads to unpredictable consequences — ScienceDaily