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Dec. 26, 2020

What do political Twitter accounts, private ML datasets, sold-out hype brands, and smart-fridge-based DDOS attacks (see:…) all have in common? They're mostly facilitated by bots. The fraction of human to bot web activity was about 0.5 in 2019 and climbing. Many bots do useful things like saving videos or automatically summarizing news articles. But good bots now make up a smaller portion of traffic than bad bots, and that's just the known ones. What was once a wacky and original place full of real people now feels like an echo-chamber of Cleverbots and advertisements. I'm not proposing a solution, just raising awareness that the human part of the internet is being poisoned with no end in sight.