‘social bots’ – autonomous cyber vehicles?
This MIT Tech review article references a study into the use of ‘social-bots’ to create connections between social groups on twitter.
The question this invites is could “socialbots” be employed to foster desired patterns of connection among social groups and discourage undesirable ones? What is the impact of the overtness (or covertness) of such activities? If social connections are made, and mature, what would be impact of the discovery that the introduction starting the connection was done by someone else to further an agenda?
Could intelligent agents of this type be “autonomous cyber vehicles”?