Digital Bot Press!

What-are-Bots

This picture is a clear reflection of how I see certain things as of now.  Exploring digital bots and how they operate was this week’s #Netnarr challenge.  Bots are sort of changing and shaping the new form of communicating between human to human, and “bots” to humans.  it is often hard to even detect anymore within in the web what could possibly be written by bots, and what was created by humans.

Our first exercise in our bot adventure took us on a poetic journey, to say the least. We played a game the involved us doing some bot detecting through poetry works.  I had a tough time with this exercise at first but started to warm up with the last few.  The screen showed different works, and we were to determine if it was written by a human, or a programmed bot fluent in the poetic language.  The bots were actually pretty good with their words and offered some great details n the poetry.  just goes to show how well they retained the info they are programmed with, and how they chose to use it.

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As you can see my results came out to about half correct, half incorrect.  Honestly, it was pretty hard to tell the difference at times, unless the work was well known and could pinpoint exactly where I could have heard it or seen it before.

We looked into a twitter account that is a full bot that you can interact with.  If you are looking for certain bot twitters wit things that may interest you and you want to explore other pages on twitter you can tweet this bots twitter account, and shortly you should receive a response with twitter links you can look into.

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I asked the bot for fashion post or related things and this was my response:

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Next, the class discovered how much of bot we could possibly be using our active Twitter accounts.  I decided to use my class twitter account because I use this one most often as of now.  It’s pretty simple too just type in your twitter name or any other twitter name you so chose and it just pops up.

I discovered that I am 37% bot, and with this, I was shocked because to my knowledge I am the only one who actively tweets on my account, so that’s a little weird.  I decided next to look at Kim Kardashians botometer, because I would feel that she would be one of those into having a system tweet for her, but I found her numbers were close to mine.

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Lastly, we made our own bots, which I should say caught my attention. We were basically coding which is time-consuming, but interesting. Currently, my class twitter has a bot I programmed tweeting for me on how meaningless I apparently think memes and gifs are (which is so not true). It led to some interesting debate and reactions from classmates.

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Great to see my classmates see the importance of memes and are truly able to stick up for their existence.

An overall great week being an alchemist in this digital #netnarr world!

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