After further development in AI, will social networking sites create fake accounts like humans using AI and make this AI's to talk/chat to real people?

They might do this to get money through ads and make people addicted to their sites.

As many people might share / chat less in the future, will the sites come up with idea? Will it work for them?

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    $\begingroup$ Dating sites already do this $\endgroup$
    – Separatrix
    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:56
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    $\begingroup$ Spammers already do this. Why bother manually creating profiles and posts when software can do this for you far more quickly? $\endgroup$
    – user10945
    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:58
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    $\begingroup$ How do we know you're not a bot anyway ? $\endgroup$
    – J. Chomel
    Feb 24, 2017 at 13:20
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    $\begingroup$ @J.Chomel There's little distinction in the SE system between helpful bots and helpful humans. Ask an employee if you want access to the data, but they'll probably (read: almost definitely) say no. $\endgroup$
    – wizzwizz4
    Feb 25, 2017 at 14:49
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    $\begingroup$ AI is overkill on a social networking site. A random meme selector is sufficient for all practical purposes. $\endgroup$ Feb 26, 2017 at 2:42

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Its already happening

Hello dear,

I can see you logged to this site and I want to tell you, that I am 18 year old girl and totally not experienced in Worldbuilding, giggles

I am searching guy who is gifted in building worlds. If you know what I mean.

We can chat online, one to one on this video chat site. And I will show you all my Worldbuilding secrets!

Follow this spam link to know more

If you haven't been approached by a young girl wanting sex online yet, you haven't used the Internet long enough...

  • Spammers use this technique to attract people to unzip their pants ... and pick up credit cards to see more!
  • Dating sites are already creating fake profiles to attract more users.
  • Facebook Messenger already offers handy chat bots to provide you entertainment. Just pay $0.99 for some spicy chatbot experience.

One of core human needs is to love and being loved. And people are willing to pay money for that feeling.

So, I would say it is a very realistic scenario!

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    $\begingroup$ please , don't click on the spam link in the answer .. $\endgroup$
    – Amruth A
    Feb 24, 2017 at 10:24
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    $\begingroup$ The spam link goes to a very dangeous time-consuming site. $\endgroup$
    – AlexP
    Feb 24, 2017 at 10:59
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    $\begingroup$ Another real world example: fortune.com/2016/07/10/ashley-madison-chatbots $\endgroup$
    – Murphy
    Feb 24, 2017 at 11:59
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    $\begingroup$ "If you haven't been approached by a young girl wanting sex online yet, you haven't used the Internet long enough..." I think "young girl" belongs in scare quotes, as it's unlikely most of them are, in fact, young or girls. $\endgroup$ Feb 24, 2017 at 15:33
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    $\begingroup$ @JoshPart It's so fake, even the quote marks probably aren't real: "''""young" "girl""''" $\endgroup$
    – SRM
    Feb 24, 2017 at 18:26

If you're interested, I'll link to a social networking group with an interesting spin (in beta): your AI counterpart.

This particular social network has an AI component that learns how you interact with their systems; it learns your interests through how/what you post, when you're most likely to post, etc. Then even when you're offline, your counterpart will be active on the social network. As you train your counterpart, it learns how to more closely imitate your online habits.

This is a more 'intelligent' than chat bots or spammers, and indeed their uses are rather different. Personally, I think the idea of a counterpart intriguing. At the philosophical conclusion, you'd have a 'digital' (AI) you, with real experience interacting in your social network. Implications of mass adoption would be...slightly freaky.


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    $\begingroup$ Oh good my aunt can start spamming low-res, poorly sourced political jpegs 24/7! $\endgroup$ Feb 24, 2017 at 21:38

Pavel mentioned AI programmers who want your money. There are also people who want your vote, or influence public opinion. It is an interesting question if the networking sites themselves are complicit with this, or if they are merely basking in the advertising revenue.

Getting to fictional worlds, it would be easy to imagine communities with AIs who greatly outnumber the humans and give each human a filter bubble with lots of supportive friends.


The AI's will be used on social media for increasingly diverse purposes. Spam, fishing and advertisement are only the tip of the iceberg. And possibly the less interesting cases.

As evermore sophisticated AI mine social media the people who want manipulate that data will build increasingly sophisticated AI pretending to be almost normal people. Who happen to like Coca-Cola.

As privacy enthusiasts acquire better tin foil they will release AI that mask their actions. 9/10 users of my network are not furries.

As the social sciences becomes Science AI will be made to allow testing hypotheses. "Our study found on average 10% more people were 8% more depressed to find 50% or more of their friends were actually AI than predicted by the Smith[2] model. Also we are jerks."


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