back to article Let's go to work: How bots took over business

Once cloud was accepted as something with various meanings, none of which our customers understood, the IT industry searched for the next big buzzword. It came up with not one but three terms often used interchangeably by people who don't know any better – bots, artificial intelligence and machine learning. This is great news …

  1. getHandle
    Paris Hilton

    I feel left out

    I'm not aware of interacting with a single bot...

    Paris for the human touch!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I feel left out

      I seriously considered recently whether an El reg commentard was a bot. The comments they made seemed very erudite - yet I wondered if that could be just "stock" replies triggered by certain keywords that had been mentioned.

      What aroused my suspicions was the way things were often misinterpreted. Now that may just have been a human trolling - or was it a bot trolling?

      It's getting to a strange state of affairs when you find yourself applying the Turing Test to online conversations.

      1. DougS Silver badge

        Re: I feel left out

        For a second I thought you might be referring to amanfromMars1, until you said the comments seemed very erudite!

      2. Chemical Bob

        Re: I feel left out

        "I seriously considered recently whether an El reg commentard was a bot."

        Sorry, I'm real.

        1. myhandler

          Re: I feel left out

          >>>Sorry, I'm real.

          You would say that, wouldn't you?

          1. Chemical Bob

            Re: I feel left out

            It's better than requesting lemon curry.

      3. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge
  2. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

    There are some...

    Where it's up for debate if it's a man or machine behind the handle (Amanfrommars being an oft. touted example.)

    As for telling most reg commentards are real is easy. Just imagine the words said as sarcastically as possible and if that makes more sense then they're real.

    *Mines the one with the flack jacket sewn inside...

  3. John Sanders

    Just make a mention of systemd

    And suddenly a horde of what could be described as irrational people pops in.

    No way a bot will hate something it has no clue about as much as real people.

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