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A.I. Inspiration: The Science Fiction That Frames Discussion

by Matthew Rosenberg & John Markoff, NYTimes.com

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Some Like It Bot: Algorithms are getting better at entertaining us

by Laura Hudson, FiveThirtyEight

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Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense

by Annalee Newitz, ars technica

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There’s a bot writing new episodes of ‘Friends,’ turning them into virtual reality

by Alejandro Alba, NY Daily News

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This News-Writing Bot Is Now Free for Everyone

by Klint Finley, Wired

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This is what would happen if Reddit was nothing but bots

by Patrick Hogan, Fusion

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Want a Robot Pen Pal?

That could change. In a Wall Street Journal examination of the role of chatbots in advertising, Christopher Mims quotes Ted Livingston, the founder of the chat service Kik: “If you could chat with a brand in the same way you chat with a friend, that’s powerful.” Mr. Mims notes that for now, chatbots on Kik have limited powers: “There is some worry at this stage in the development of the technology that a more autonomous chat bot might start saying things that could damage a brand.”

But for a glimpse of the future of chatbots, Mr. Mims points to Mitsuku, a bot who can apparently advise humans on such topics as relationships, job interviews and dealing with illness: “Any advertiser who doesn’t sit bolt upright after reading that doesn’t understand the dark art of manipulation on which their craft depends.” (Anna North, NYTimes.com)

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