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Bots - harmless helpers or dangerous villains
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It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel: bots helped Russia most likely to hack into the US election process and manipulated people into voting poorly. But it is not as far-fetched as it sounds. The name 'bot' is misleading, calling up visions of small, cute robots. The truth is more prosaic, if less exciting. A bot is a computer program – a piece of software, if you will – designed to interact with computer users and systems. Early computer games, for example chess or card games, allowed players to play against 'CPU' or again a virtual...

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