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? Edit: Yes I’m a bit bored. No one is awake yet.