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#Sockpuppet : is an online identity used for purposes of deception | #robots #manipulation #politics

Sockpuppet (Internet)

A sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception. The term-a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock-originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an internet community who spoke to, or about, himself while pretending to be another person.

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Government "sockpuppetry".

 

As an example of state-sponsored internet sockpuppetry, in 2011, a Californian company, Ntrepid, was awarded a $2.76 million contract under the auspices of US Central Command for "online persona management" operations[34] to create "fake online personas to influence net conversations and spread US propaganda" in Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Pashto,[34] as part of the of a programme called Operation Earnest Voice (OEV), which was first developed in Iraq as a weapon of psychological warfare.

 

 

KEYWORD : "online persona management"

 

 

Applications:

 

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks

 

http://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/blog/persona-management-software-a-little-birdie-created-your-opinion/

 

 

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Google #crawlers: See which #robots Google uses to crawl the web

Google #crawlers: See which #robots Google uses to crawl the web | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

See which robots Google uses to crawl the web.

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"Crawler" is a generic term for any program (such as a robot or spider) used to automatically discover and scan websites by following links from one webpage to another. Google's main crawler is called Googlebot. This table lists information about the common Google crawlers you may see in your referrer logs, and how they should be specified in robots.txt, the robots meta tags, and the X-Robots-Tag HTTP directives.

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Building like termites: robots show #collectiveintelligence | #stigmergy

Building like termites: robots show #collectiveintelligence | #stigmergy | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

Via Claude Emond
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The project sought to borrow the concept of "stigmergy" from the natural world, in which behaviour is co-ordinated from information left in the environment. Termites take material to a location, at which they attempt to deposit it. If the location is already filled, they are trained to add their cargo to the next available space. The researchers developed an algorithm which generates a series of low-level rules for the robots to follow. 

"We're not going to Mars anytime soon, but a more medium-term application might be to use similar robots in flood zones to build levees out of sandbags," said lead author Dr Justin Werfel, who was summarising the team's research at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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MIT inventor unleashes hundreds of self-assembling cube #swarmbots | KurzweilAI

MIT inventor unleashes hundreds of self-assembling cube #swarmbots | KurzweilAI | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
Self-assembling swarming microbots (credit: MIT) The experts said it couldn't be done. But research scientist John Romanishin of MIT's Computer Science and

Via Pierre Levy
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Self-assembling swarmbots

Imagine hordes of swarming microbots that can self-assemble, like the “liquid steel” androids in the movie “Terminator II.”

 

Armies of these mobile cubes could temporarily repair bridges or buildings during emergencies. These cubes could assemble into different types of furniture or heavy equipment as needed. And they could swarm into environments hostile or inaccessible to humans, diagnose problems, and then reorganize themselves to provide solutions.

 

They could even be special-purpose cubes: containing cameras, or lights, or battery packs, or other equipment that the mobile cubes could transport.

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