Bot! Bot! Bot! If you spent any time on social media during the last 5 years, you undoubtedly saw someone accuse another social account of being a “bot.” This increased greatly after the 2016 election, when reports about Russia’s shenanigans in the election led to the widespread belief that a lot of would-be people on the internet are, in fact, bots. There are lots and lots of actual bots on the internet. You meet them on Twitter and Tinder and Facebook; they watch YouTube videos and generate traffic to articles. It’s a
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