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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
9:45 AM
10:15 AM

Bots on the 'Net: The Good, the Bad, and the Future

Bots are becoming more and more prevalent on the Internet. The power of "Internet Robots" runs from simple web crawlers to dependable assistants to curious creatures trying to learn and grow on their own. The promise of 'bots is that they willfree humans to focus on more important and interesting things. But most online bots require lots of investment in design, implementation, and maintenance. Some even require human "trainers" to ensure they continue to operate properly. And some clearly don’t "operate properly" when left to fend for themselves against humans and other 'bots on the 'net. So are bots a good thing or not? In this lively talk, Mike Amundsen touches on the history of software bots from Liza and Parry to Clippy and MOMSpider to Siri, chatbots and more. We’ll explore both learning and non-learning machines and discuss the different ways in which machines can "learn" including the difference between "specialized" and "generalized" AI. Finally, we’ll review the challenges to 'bots on the 'net including shortcomings in AI and learning, inbuilt and acquired bias, truth, trust, and security, and the effects 'bots will have on jobs and the economy. Through it all we’ll be looking at what the future holds for both humans and machines when we live in a world of 'bots on the 'net.
APIs for a Programmable Society
Main Auditorium (Floor 1)
  • Mike Amundsen (API Academy)
  • Mike Amundsen (API Academy at CA Technologies)