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FedEx robot sent packing by NYC

FedEx robot sent packing by NYC FedEx’s autonomous delivery bot got a cold reception from New York City officials. After the company’s SameDay Bots — named Roxo — popped up on New York City streets last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio and transportation officials delivered a sharp response: Get out. FedEx told […]

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MIT’s self-propelled block robots can now manage basic swarm coordination

MIT’s self-propelled block robots can now manage basic swarm coordination MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has come up with a clever way for its small cube-like robots, which can move on their own, to communicate and coordinate with one another for self-assembly. The behavior is described by MIT researchers as […]

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Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel?

Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel? Tiffany Olson Kleemann Contributor Tiffany Olson Kleemann is the chief executive officer of Distil Networks. She formerly served in executive roles at Symantec and FireEye and was deputy chief of staff for cybersecurity operations under President George W. Bush. The fact […]

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Twitter’s spam reporting tool now lets you specify type, including if it’s a fake account

Twitter’s spam reporting tool now lets you specify type, including if it’s a fake account Twitter is adding more nuance to its spam reporting tools, the company announced today. Instead of simply flagging a tweet as posting spam, users can now specify what kind of spam you’re seeing by way of a […]

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Twitter is considering badging bots — “as far as we can detect them”

Twitter is considering badging bots — “as far as we can detect them” At today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was asked by vice chair Sen. Mark Warner whether users should have “a right to know” if they are talking to a bot or a human on its platform — […]

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Zendesk introduces support bot for Discord gaming community

Zendesk introduces support bot for Discord gaming community The Discord gaming community boasts 150 million members and 46 million active monthly users, who spend their days chatting about games, finding people to play with and looking for advice on how to resolve issues. Up until now, game publishers have had to monitor […]

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Twitter’s efforts to suspend fake accounts have doubled since last year

Twitter’s efforts to suspend fake accounts have doubled since last year Bots, your days of tweeting politically divisive nonsense might be numbered. The Washington Post reported Friday that in the last few months the company has aggressively suspended accounts in an effort to stem the spread of disinformation running rampant on its […]

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Twitter puts a tighter squeeze on spambots

Twitter puts a tighter squeeze on spambots Twitter has announced a range of actions intended to bolster efforts to fight spam and “malicious automation” (aka bad bots) on its platform — including increased security measures around account verification and sign-up; running a historical audit to catch spammers who signed up when its […]

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BotChain wants to put bot-to-bot communication on the blockchain

BotChain wants to put bot-to-bot communication on the blockchain Increasingly we are going to be having bots conducting business on a company’s behalf. As that happens, it is going to require a trust mechanism to ensure that bot-to-bot communication is legitimate. BotChain, a new startup out of Boston wants to be the […]

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Europe eyeing bot IDs, ad transparency and blockchain to fight fakes

Europe eyeing bot IDs, ad transparency and blockchain to fight fakes European Union lawmakers want online platforms to come up with their own systems to identify bot accounts. This is as part of a voluntary Code of Practice the European Commission now wants platforms to develop and apply — by this summer […]

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