Google Patent Will Let Software Do Your Socializing

December 6, 2013 9:01 AM

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Google has filed a patent for a software bot that would control your social media presence.

The software would first learn your voice by studying all of your social media accounts, then it would automatically suggest updates and replies it can make for future posts. The aim is for the bot to learn how you tweet and Facebook so it can gradually manage that for you — effectively outsourcing how you digitally socialize.

“That sort of data is valuable to both governments and companies, so I’m extremely concerned about any technology that purports to offer convenience while in reality exposing more of our private communications to prying eyes.”

Since the bot would essentially mimic your voice to seamlessly interact as you online, users would need to give it access to a wide array of accounts. They are, however, all opted-in, so it seems users would be given the option to select and specify what Google's new software could analyze.

There is no requirement for the user to set reminders or be proactive. The system automatically without user input analyzes information to which the user has access, and generates suggestions for personalized reactions to messages. The suggestion analyzer cooperates with the decision tree to learn the user's behavior and automatically adjust the suggested messages that are generated over time.

Although Google filed the patent in 2011, there isn't yet any evidence of a product emerging from it.


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