Friday, 8 November 2013

Little Robots

The internet can seem like a pretty shitty place sometimes. Especially lately. It's nice to think that there are people making little robots, whose sole purpose in life is to make our days a little brighter.

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That's Alan Turing, or rather, a staute of him.One time, I failed the Turing Test. There was something happening over on one of the Facebook pages I manage, and I was answering every comment with variations on "I'm really sorry about that! I appreciate it's really annoying and we're working to get it sorted. Please send me a private message with more details so I can help you sort it out. ^Rachel." The person got more and more annoyed and not getting "real" answers, invited their friends to comment as well (...?) and when I kept answering their comments in the same manner, they accused me of being a robot.

It was a very stressful day, but I was secretly delighted by their accusation. Yes, my company had the time and resources to make artificial intelligence, and employed it only on their Facebook page. That's what the little ^ before my name means, surely. Non-person.

I was still answering them politely. That's all you can do. "Yes, I know, I'm sorry, here's how we can fix it." "I know. This is awful. Look, here's how we can fix it." On and on, fading out the whole time: pauses before replies, because engagement just causes anger. Suggesting they call instead of looking for an answer from me. I don't have all the answers. I can't fix all your problems. I'm not a problem-solving robot with endless time and energy to fix things. Especially on the internet this week.

Comment moderation has been turned on for all posts on this blog, and will stay that way indefinitely. I'll keep on top of it, so the few non-robots who read this blog can still talk to me. I really do read every one.



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