The Bots Are Taking Over

You may assume the person you are having some type on interaction with on the internet is human, but that may be wrong.

Studies conducted recently conclude that less than 60% of the traffic speeding across the World Wide Web is generated by humans. 

“I think the bad news is that the people who are making these machines that are made to do things from ad revenue to collect data from other machines are getting smarter,” says University of Houston computer science assistant professor Dr. Chris Bronk.  It was reported five years ago that half of the traffic on YouTube was bot-based.  “Companies like Google and others try to tamp down the traffic in any way that they can, but it’s just not easy,” he adds.

Artificial Intelligence, self-directing machines, are coming, and are already playing a role in people’s online activities.  “It really is part of a greater phenomenon that we’re letting machines make more decisions and do more things on the internet, things that serve goals for people that aren’t necessarily profitable on the internet, but it’s going on,” says Bronk.

Some people fear there will come a point that machine traffic becomes so dominant, and exact, that it will be impossible to tell what came from a human and what came from a machine.

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