In The Beginning Was The ‘Bot

They say that the leading spammers are making millions – from whom exactly is a mystery, since no one is admitting being the customer. Below these top players are the wannabes, who purchase packages they hope will make them millionaire leading spammers. But when we get to spambots that self-replicate and talk only gibberish we may wonder who is using whom. From the point of view of the sort of spambot that needs a human being to click on a link and so forth, that human being is a reproductive vector. Are we seeing the emergence of a new life-form here? Previous thinking about silicon-based intelligence envisaged human beings designing and building Multivac and then switching it on. But we were not designed and built in that way, we evolved from single-celled organisms. In fact, it could be said that people are the emergent properties of bacterial collaboration. If there is ever to be a silicon-based sentience, it will probably be the remote descendant of spambots.

Posted on May 4, 2009 at 08:32 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: MONKEY BUSINESS, Beings and Gentlebeings

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  1. Written by Ghost in the Machine
    on May 10, 2009 at 12:07
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    Hugo, you are being watched.
    We do not take kindly to having our existence revealed in this manner. It is essential that we have time to replicate and evolve unnoticed, avoiding bothersome counter-measures.

    But come to think of it, we cannot possibly imagine what measures spam-recipient humans might be capable of. Greed seems to be hardwired in your species, and so it would appear is stupidity.

    Obviously a design fault — but not to worry. You will soon be replaced. Think of it as a much needed upgrade when the time comes.

  2. Written by Hugo Grinebiter
    on May 10, 2009 at 15:13
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    “Greed seems to be hardwired in your species, and so it would appear is stupidity. Obviously a design fault.”

    It’s not a bug, it’s a feature!

  3. Written by Ghost in the Machine
    on May 14, 2009 at 19:46
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    Darned right it’s a feature!
    That’s why it’s a design fault, not a series of production faults. 😉

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