John Dvorak is a columnist for and the host of the weekly TV video podcast Cranky Geeks. Previously a columnist for Forbes, Forbes Digital, PC World, Barrons, Mac User, PC/Computing, Smart Business and other magazines and newspapers. Has appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, Philadelphia Enquirer, SF Examiner, Vancouver Sun.Was on the start-up team for CNet TV as well as ZDTV.Chatbots are also in great demand on the corporate side: They are workers that you don’t have to treat well; they have no emotions; and they do exactly what they’re programmed to.Chatbot hype went through the roof when Telegram’s bots platform got a full-scale API.With chatting being so popular, it’s no surprise that our world is full of chatbots.Sometimes they are made just to replace real-world company, sometimes they have specific functions.Porn site operator Pornhub has moved into the steamy bot scene with its own Aria chatbot that will keep you up to speed on the latest in porn news.
If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices.Follow him on Twitter @therealdvorak."Microsoft has unveiled a new chatbot named Zo, but this time, she's available on Kik, instead of Twitter, where earlier this year, her predecessor—known as Tay—went on a rather racist tirade before being shut down.I've never heard a clear explanation as to why Microsoft is making chatbots, and I have to assume the worst: They are on track to deliver ads.If you ever spend time on Internet Relay Chat (IRC), you run into these bot things all the time.Their purpose is to get you to visit various porn sites, which has got to be incredibly lame if you think about it. We live in the future and, sometimes, we don’t even know it.