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Bits Blog: Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online

Bits Blog: Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online

By using social media bots, celebrities, politicians and others can falsely inflate the number of friends and followers they have, possibly swaying public opinion about a new song - or a policy position.

nytimes.com (5 hours ago)

From Tinder Bots To 'Cuban Twitter', Welcome To 'Cognitive Hacking'

Social media deception campaigns are growing more sophisticated.

forbes.com (3 days ago)

New Google Street View Technology Can Decode CAPTCHA Security Tests Better Than Humans

While trying to improve Google Maps, the Google Street View team created a new computer program so good at recognizing text in photographs, that it can pass one of the most secure tests known for distinguishing humans from bots online.

ibtimes.com (3 days ago)

Fast Forward To The Apocalypse: Scientists Inject Cockroaches With DNA Nanobots

Fast Forward To The Apocalypse: Scientists Inject Cockroaches With DNA Nanobots

Because why not accidentally create undying killer mutants, scientits (from now on that's what we're calling scientists doing things we don't approve of) recently injected cockroaches with DNA nanobots capable of unraveling themselves and delivering drugs. Wait -- drug delivery?! How much for a half ounce of hash?...

geekologie.com (4 days ago)

Longview robotics club gets invited to world championship

Longview’s Bits & Bots robotics club, which draws its membership from several local high schools, earned an invitation to a world championship event at a regional competition in Portland o…

tdn.com (6 days ago)

Longview robotics club qualifies for regional event in Portland

Longview’s Bits & Bots robotics club, which draws its membership from several local high schools, earned an invitation to a world championship event at a regional competition in Portland o…

tdn.com (6 days ago)

44% Of All Twitter Accounts Have Yet To Be Used

44% Of All Twitter Accounts Have Yet To Be Used

A new report from Twopcharts has found that 44% of the world's Twitter accounts have yet to send a Tweet. With approximately 974 million Twitter accounts, that's an awful lot of dead air. As the Wall Street Journal points out, however, this could mean that people, scammers, or bots simply signed up for an account...

gizmodo.com (7 days ago)

Cockroaches Injected With DNA Nanobots

Cockroaches Injected With DNA Nanobots

Bioengineers created nanoscale robots from DNA strands, injected them into live cockroaches and watched as the bots got to work. Continue reading →

discovery.com (11 days ago)

Tinder users spammed with malicious download links

Tinder users spammed with malicious download links

A series of bots are spreading malicious downloads via dating app Tinder after luring users with tempting profiles and pictures    

telegraph.co.uk (17 days ago)

Tinder Bots: Fake Profiles Spam Hookup App With 'Castle Clash" Advertisements

A growing number of people have reported that women they are “matched” to on Tinder, a location-based dating and hookup app, are actually bots programmed to advertise “Castle Clash,” a mobile video game.

ibtimes.com (18 days ago)

The robots that could perform surgery in SPACE: Tiny doctor bots could perform complex medical procedures on astronauts

The robots that could perform surgery in SPACE: Tiny doctor bots could perform complex medical...

Working with Virtual Incision in Lincoln, Nebraska, Nasa has developed a 0.9lb (0.4kg) remotelly-controlled robot that can perform zero-gravity surgery.

dailymail.co.uk (18 days ago)

LinkedIn names company that used bots to steal profiles for competing Recruiter service

A start-up that sells $799 subscriptions to recruiters is stocking its database with profiles that it obtained from LinkedIn by using an army of bots.

gigaom.com (19 days ago)

The Jaquet Droz Signing Machine Signs Papers Mechanically So You Don’t Have To

The Jaquet Droz Signing Machine Signs Papers Mechanically So You Don’t Have To

High above a scorched Earth, in a sleek yacht tethered to the tip of the Terra Two spindle, Chancellor Herman Worthy was doing paperwork. His cleaner bots were all asleep and his assistant, a lithe android build to look like a long-dead 2000s era actress, was in her charging case. It was good to be alone. Read More

techcrunch.com (24 days ago)

Bacteria Bots Light Up, Talk to Each Other

Hybrid materials made from modified bacteria and nanoparticles respond to the environment and conduct electricity.

discovery.com (27 days ago)

High Speed Click Fraud: Over One Third Of All Internet "Traffic" Is Fake

"When you bundle bots, clicks fraud, viewability and the lack of transparency [in automated ad buying], the total digital-media value equation is being questioned and totally challenged," warns one advertising group executive as the WSJ reports about 36% of all Web traffic is considered fake, the product of...

zerohedge.com (27 days ago)

Human Folly, Bots' Wisdom -- And That $1 Billion NCAA Pool

With embarrassing haste, all 8.7 million contestants in the $1 billion NCAA basketball pool got eliminated before the end of Day 2. Maybe bots could do better.

forbes.com (29 days ago)

Algorithms will do more and more of the thinking in the world

Algorithms will do more and more of the thinking in the world

Trading on the New York Stock Exchange and internet traffic are predominantly made up of bots. Humans' relationships with them will continue to evolve.

gigaom.com (1 month ago)

Taz-Bots tops state field in robot mechanical design

Taz-Bots tops state field in robot mechanical design

palmbeachpost.com (1 month ago)

Winterhaven students make robot art with Gary Hirsch, plan to send 'bots' to soldiers and sick kids

Winterhaven students make robot art with Gary Hirsch, plan to send 'bots' to soldiers and sick kids

Portland artist Gary Hirsch paints robots on dominoes. He leaves them sitting around Portland (and other cities around the world), and he gave nearly 2,000 of them to the Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel.

oregonlive.com (1 month ago)

Charlie Baker Twitter account inundated by bots

Mass. governor hopeful Charlie Baker reportedly set his Twitter account to private after he received “thousands” of unwanted bot followers.    

boston.com (1 month and 1 day ago)

Style Blog: Comedian Joe Mande on Adidas stealing his idea, corporations on Twitter, the NBA

Joe Mande is a popular comedian, a writer for NBC’s popular sitcom “Parks & Recreation,” and very popular on Twitter, where he has more than a million followers. OK, so the vast majority of those followers are simply bots that he purchased in bulk at a rate of $5 per 30,000 in a bit of performance art. A minor...

washingtonpost.com (1 month and 1 day ago)

Reddit Bots – Better and Better at Not Saying Much

User FreemanPontifex posted about scraping his leg after he slipped on black ice. Then, a couple of automated fact-pumping bots turned his post into a battle royale over who could post the most accurate definition of “black ice.”

yahoo.com (1 month and 3 days ago)

‘Titanfall’ developer responds to aim bots, hacks and other cheating methods

‘Titanfall’ developer responds to aim bots, hacks and other cheating methods

Respawn Entertainment has provided a quickly response in regards to cheating in the recently-released PC and Xbox One video game, “Titanfall.” According to a report from Softpedia on March 13, the development team revealed that they...

examiner.com (1 month and 4 days ago)

Russian Military to Deploy Security Bots at Missile Bases

Russian Military to Deploy Security Bots at Missile Bases

Russia is planning to deploy mobile security robots in 2014 to protect its strategic missile facilities, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.    

rian.ru (1 month and 7 days ago)

Why Is Google Building A Robot Army?

Google's Robotic Army Illustration by Paul Lachine Looking back, Google’s emergence as a robotics powerhouse seems obvious-and inevitable. First came the scattered hires of roboticists and the release of self-driving cars into Bay Area traffic. Then, the search giant reportedly bought two humanoid HUBO robots from...

popsci.com (1 month and 8 days ago)

This Ping Pong-Playing Robot Arm Is Probably Better Than Most of Us

This Ping Pong-Playing Robot Arm Is Probably Better Than Most of Us

The KUKA Robot Group is already hyping its upcoming match next week between one of its robotic arms and professional table tennis champion Timo Boll. But hobbiest engineers can make ping-pong bots too. Here's Ulf Hoffmann's garage version, which is surprisingly competitive given its amateur status. Read more...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 11 days ago)

Boot up: iPhone blood pressure, new sucking bots, bitcoin implosion, and more

Plus Apple buys something, Samsung fined, comic hacking, fake banks, and more. By Samuel GibbsSamuel Gibbs

guardian.co.uk (1 month and 13 days ago)

The Switch: If Facebook buys drones, they may fly above the red tape

Having panicky thoughts about Facebook potentially buying an army of drones? Stop. Breathe. And remember: All drones are not created equal. Most people think of drones -- pardon, unmanned aerial systems -- and their military applications, but Facebook's possible acquisition and Amazon's plan to use them as our...

washingtonpost.com (1 month and 15 days ago)

'Bots in B-flat

'Bots in B-flat

In room 206 of St. Cloud State University's Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility the sound of music was much closer to something you'd hear at a construction site than a Julie Andrews movie.

sctimes.com (1 month and 19 days ago)

Terrifying spider-like robot garden lamps FOLLOW you around to make sure you can see where you're going

Terrifying spider-like robot garden lamps FOLLOW you around to make sure you can see where you're...

The Toro-bots were built by Tokyo-based Professor Alvaro Cassinelli. He fitted Japanese-style lanterns to the top of PhantomX quadrupeds.

dailymail.co.uk (1 month and 20 days ago)

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