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Are you interacting with a real person, or an automated program? Sometimes, it's hard to tell

For years, science fiction writers have been telling us robots are going to take over the world. It turns out they were right.

But, it's we humans who are doing the androids' dirty work. Unless you've been living in a cabin deep in the woods without the internet (and if so, do you have an extra bunk?), you are probably familiar with the scourge of "Bots," even if you don't recognize the invasion. Bots, short for "robots," are automated programs that run over the internet. On social media, bots have made their presence felt through a wave of fake accounts posing as real people, some 48 million on Twitter alone.

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