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Mind your robots

I got an email that seemed to be coming from someone’s (human) personal assistant.

The message was “dumb” in such ways that it would have never occurred to me that it wasn’t composed by a human.

I sent a reply to try to help that human to be less “dumb” in the future.

Turns out it wasn’t a human.

It was a bot. A bot created by a “dumb” human.

And subscribed to by a real human.

He didn’t know that when I replied to the original email I would get a reply from the bot asking me to subscribe to their service.

Should I count him as dangerously careless that he didn’t test before he was using for business email?

Or was the original assessment was already sufficiently negative?

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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