In The Company Of Bots

In The Company Of Bots (2016) is a work by Cristina Cochior.

Bots operate at the intersection of technical infrastructure and social superstructure. Although they follow strict rules dictated by platform specificity, their status of autonomy sets them apart from regular tools. Wikipedia bots, especially, are measured in terms of utility. Despite the fact that they are defined by their purpose within the community, often these bots' role becomes obfuscated through the process of anthropomorphisation. In situations when the bot is no longer useful, the machine on which it was once hosted is not in service anymore, or their operator no longer has the time to maintain it, the bot will be 'retired'. The humanising effect of such language points out to a deeper question: what is the purpose of the bot after it has fulfilled its job? What can the bot tell us about the community it was once a part of?

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