Social Media Examiner: How to Integrate Facebook Messenger Bots With Facebook Live. “Want more leads and conversions from your Facebook Live videos? Did you know using a chatbot can boost your results? Integrating Messenger bots with your Facebook Live broadcasts makes it easy for viewers to sign up for and receive your offers. In this article, you’ll discover how to create a Facebook Messenger bot that generates qualified leads from your live videos.” This is neat!
The Verge: How to spot a Twitter bot. “Bot accounts are a persistent problem on Twitter, where they can be used to spam out favorable news stories and influence politics more broadly. But as companies and third-party groups have tried to push back against bot campaigns, simply identifying the accounts has proven remarkably difficult. A new system called the Botometer, built by researchers at Indiana University and Northeastern University, is the perfect example of why.” I’m putting this in “Research & Opinion” and not “Useful Stuff” because it rated me 56% possible bot. And I’m not a bot, though I do schedule my ResearchBuzz tweets. Use your salt with this resource.
Lifehacker: Detect Plagiarism With the Help of This Friendly AI Bot. “The next literary hit to bear the same name as Jane Austen’s 200-year-old masterpiece Emma isn’t a book at all, but a thoroughly modern AI. This Emma — formally Emma Identity — the creation of computer science professor Aleksandr Marchenko, is the world’s first publicly available authorship identification web app. Give her at least 5,000 words of a written piece, and she’ll use more than 50 math parameters to figure out who wrote the lines.”
MIT Technology Review: First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News. “Fake news and the way it spreads on social media is emerging as one of the great threats to modern society. In recent times, fake news has been used to manipulate stock markets, make people choose dangerous health-care options, and manipulate elections, including last year’s presidential election in the U.S. Clearly, there is an urgent need for a way to limit the diffusion of fake news. And that raises an important question: how does fake news spread in the first place?”
Reuters: New website aims to track Russian-backed propaganda on Twitter. ” A website launched on Wednesday seeks to track Russian-supported propaganda and disinformation on Twitter, part of a growing non-governmental effort to diminish Moscow’s ability to meddle in future elections in the United States and Europe.”
Phys.org: Celebrity Twitter accounts display ‘bot-like’ behavior. “‘Celebrity’ Twitter accounts – those with more than 10 million followers – display more bot-like behaviour than users with fewer followers, according to new research. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used data from Twitter to determine whether bots can be accurately detected, how bots behave, and how they impact Twitter activity.”
Digital Trends: Future Chatbots Will Be Able To Argue With You Enough To Help Change Your Mind. “Artificial intelligence tools like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa don’t really try and change your mind too much, but maybe they should! That is the idea behind new research being carried out by Dr. Samira Shaikh, an assistant professor in Cognitive Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Computer Science. She developed a smart chatbot that’s goal is not just to carry out a conversation with users, but to actually engage them in arguments and counterarguments with the specific aim of changing a person’s mind.”