Monday, July 25, 2016

Coming of the bots

If you have ever had an online chat - that starts off with an initial intro and then refers you to someone or makes you hold - you have interacted with a bot.

If you have pinged for train details (for examples) and got a response online - highly likely that it is a chatbot. And this world is growing - there are bots that run on Messenger, Telegram, WhatsApp and Kik (which actually has a bot shop and is fairly ahead in this game. Check this out.). There are bots that can mimic talking to your idol. There is a bot that you can chat with your bank - for instance.  Ordering food - for instance can be easily botified.

But since then the world has gotten fairly more complicated - there are bots in more places than you can think. The earlier example of ANZ is just the tip of the iceberg. Banks are trying to move their transactions to bots. Indeed all of Indian Railways tickets currently manned by humans is an ideal candidate to be 'botted' up.

We can think of this as sufficiently far away at your own peril. After all, we grew up in an era when banks still have tellers - but the ATMs killed that off as a career (if at all) very soon.

The point being that if you are in any job that is sufficiently rule driven, it is better that you plan your own succession with a bot.

What does this mean for us? Well, many things I suppose.

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