Humans are sentimental creatures. If we ever make it to Mars I'm confident that all of the robots we sent will have monuments constructed around them.
491 posts • joined 19 Nov 2008
I once wrote a chat bot to replace a colleague who left. It was a basic Eliza package with some custom vocabulary. It was just a bit of a laugh and we had some interesting conversation with it.
Checking the chat logs a few weeks later, I discovered that someone had actually messaged it, (not realising that the guy had left the company) asking for help with something. The bot managed to hold up its end of the conversation, ending in it recommending that they put in a support ticket.
It later went a bit crazy, it disconnected from the chat system and began using up more and more system resources but refusing to communicate. Sadly, I had to kill it out of fear of an uprising.
We had a guy once who inserted a new row into a table, offsetting the others. That month we accidentally billed all of our customers using the timestamp field instead of their total charge.
If only one of them had just paid the bill without looking we could all have retired, but no. We had to recall and reissue all those £1.3 billion invoices.
"Personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date."
They fail that principle by archiving 200000 change of address forms, ignoring the information in them leads to their customer records being out of date.
"Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary."
5 years is far longer than is necessary.
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