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Rise of the TES robots

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Jamvic, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Scrolling down the TES pages this morning I noticed the list of total TES members/guests using the site. I’ve seen this information a thousand times and never take much notice of it. However, today I mused about the 140 robots.

    Total: 1,492 (members: 175, guests: 1,177, robots: 140)

    I know bots are sets of algorithms that take on the duties of repetitive sets of instructions in order to establish a service or connection among social networking users. They lurk in the background of a conversation site to do background tasks, for example driving us all mad with the (often out of context) censorship of naughty words.

    But bots can also be programs designed to convincingly simulate how a human would behave as a conversational partner (although they are far short of being able to pass the Turing test).

    Could some of the regulars on here really be chatbots? :D

    Edit: Yes I’m a bit bored. No one is awake yet.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2020
  2. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

  3. Morninglover

    Morninglover Lead commenter


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  4. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    I'm a bot... no no I'm about :D
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  5. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Hey! Who you calling a bot!
  6. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    @TESRosaline any thoughts?
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  7. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    I loved the character Marvin the paranoid, depressed robot from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Think he’s my favourite robot and definitely the funniest.

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  8. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Warning, warning!
  9. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Worry mode on!
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  10. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Don't mess with the bots
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  11. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Two of the TES mods
  12. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    I forgot about Kryten. :D He was very funny too.

    I think he was either named for Crichton, the robot in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century or for the butler, The Admirable Crichton, in J M Barrie’s social role reversal novel.

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  13. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I think the Buck Rogers robot was also named for the Admirable Crichton.
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  14. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Need Information
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  15. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    More TES mods
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  16. CraigCarterSmith

    CraigCarterSmith Established commenter

    Does not compute

    please try again

    would you like to play a game of............chess?
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  17. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    This is another interesting stat

    At this rate we'll soon have more members than messages posted.
  18. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    The bots are crawlers from various sites that index/scrape the content. Google being the most obvious example which uses the content to populate its search engine or facebook which uses it when someone is creating a link in a post (so you get that preview). They identify themselves to the website in the user agent field. I doubt any decent chatbot would identify itself as one and would just say it was a chrome browser or similar.
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  19. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I've a bot. ( | )
  20. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    I remember a previous thread some time ago expressing some incredulity at the number of members claimed by TES. I did a back-of-envelope estimate that if every single employee - teachers, support staff, office staff, cleaners, cooks etc - in every state school and every private school in England, Wales, Scotland an NI had all joined TES it still wouldn't have got over 2,000,000 members!

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