People can now video chat face to face with family and friends through video calling services such as Skype and Face Time, hold video conferences with more than one person on Google Hangouts and social networking sites, and even use their webcam as a barcode scanner to check the cost/trade in value of goods online.Some games consoles also allow the use of a camera to video chat or capture footage of someone playing a game.
A friend recently came to me with a problem: He was chatting with a sexy blond woman on Tinder and couldn’t tell if she was a real person.
For the past two days he had been talking with her under the assumption she was a carbon-based life form, but then he started to question her responses.
It’s not that she was spamming him with promotional links or trying to get him onto a camgirl site—but her answers were curt, plus she asked a lot of questions.
She also provided few details about herself and said things like “Wanna cuddle? She was either a really sophisticated bot or a really uninteresting human.
For the uninitiated, chatbots are computer programs that have been designed to simulate conversation with humans—and they’re everywhere.
Bots now account for 61 percent of web traffic, meaning so many are crawling around the internet they’re creating more traffic than humans.
Odds are you’ve interacted with one, perhaps while complaining to IBM’s customer service department or perhaps while tweeting at someone. For many people, however, their primary experience with bots comes from Tinder and other online dating sites, especially if you’re a male looking for a female.
These sites have long had a problem with bots posing as humans—beautiful, friendly, flirtatious humans, complete with photos and profiles.
Some dating sites employ bots to make their user numbers look higher, or to make their male-female ratio seem more balanced, Isaac Silverman, the founder of the online dating app Teased, explained to me.
Or, on the flip site, bot creators might heavily these sites thanks to the volume of people they can reach.
“You have apps like Tinder, where you are unlimited on swipes and matches (at least with Tinder Plus today).