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  • bespoke bot, n.

    Agent, Droid, Infobot: the texty Twitter robots Tully Hansen has known and loved, 6 October 2015:

    We might instead term these accounts bespoke bots; quite often such bots are coded, created and credited to an individual creator, and frequently may be distinguished (contra spam bots) by their novelty – in subject matter, behaviour or technique. After Tolstoy: 'Spammy bots are all alike; every unspammy bot is unspammy in its own way.' These bespoke Twitter bots may trace a lineage to earlier works of computational media such as Joseph Weizenbaum's 1960s software psychotherapist ELIZA and her descendants, designed for humans to engage with their software through (typed) conversation. These bots enact personality, often attempting or playing at 'passing' for human.

    October 6, 2015