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The word bot may soon be gaining an all new connotation in casual conversation veering towards the more positive thanks to the introduction of recent AI technologies. Social media trends will be putting the non-human personnel on almost the same level as random Facebook peers, to sit in for what would otherwise be your everyday tellers or customer service representatives. Neatly framed in a chat box, they will appear as public, instant-karma acquaintances in the virtual sphere who are all ears for you and your requests…when exchanged on Facebook.

This new and growing reality has been confirmed ever since social media and FB commander in chief (and everybody’s insider connection on Facebook, by default, who can neither be blocked or added) Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement in April of 2016 that the technology giant has invested a mega fortune in the millennial strain of automation. This will bring to the table a new and omnipresent army of virtual bots whose sole function is to respond to requests on FB Messenger with upbeat, computer-generated chatter. The automated assistants will soon be occupying more chat-boxes for your convenience, and while they won’t be affected by the weather, or offering their political views or favorite colors just yet, that might just be the next step to bringing on the imminent singularity.

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Ghassan Khayyat
Ghassan was tuned into the writing world on a transistor radio-wave of an unbeknownst frequency, once upon a daydream dreary. With a firm belief in Dr. Seussims and all things gadget and gizmo-tronic, he tinkers before he speaks, and chooses his words technologically. He is Editor for T3 Middle East’s Levant English publication and English website, and Associated Editor for the GCC English publication. Reach him at [email protected] 
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