China robot fact of the day

by on January 8, 2018 at 1:55 pm in Current Affairs, Web/Tech | Permalink

A number of Chinese mobile applications have been shut down after it was revealed women on their platforms were actually automated robots, it’s reported.

According to the Modern Express newspaper, police have closed down mobile apps associated with 21 companies and arrested more than 600 suspects operating across 13 provinces, after discovering that messages from some women were being automatically generated by computer programmes.

Police in southern Guangdong province began investigating in August 2017, after suspecting one app of fraudulently charging visitors to view pornographic videos which did not exist.

Further investigation found that technical personnel from at least one company had created fake “sexy girl” accounts. They wrote computer programmes which generated greeting messages and compliments from fake accounts, and targeted these at newly registered users.

Here is the full story, via Anecdotal.

1 dave schutz January 8, 2018 at 2:11 pm

So, they passed the Turing Test?

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2 Well January 8, 2018 at 2:14 pm

Given the target demographic that might not mean much.

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3 clockwork_prior January 8, 2018 at 2:23 pm

As demonstrated years before by Ashley Madison – see below.

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4 1017gucci January 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm

no

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5 Lanigram January 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm

I suppose this is what happens when you have more men than women. Expect more innovation in this field.

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6 clockwork_prior January 8, 2018 at 2:24 pm

The Chinese are merely imitating the true path finders in the West.

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7 Tom T. January 8, 2018 at 7:41 pm

These violated China’s one-avatar policy.

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8 JCC January 9, 2018 at 10:43 am

Westworld is real in the East.

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9 clockwork_prior January 8, 2018 at 3:06 pm

One trusts that the Telegraph has not become too controversial when reporting on a company that used the Chinese model years before the Chinese did – ‘‘Ashley Madison, a website that facilitates affairs, has admitted tricked its male users into signing up by creating fake female profiles.

The website, which has a tagline ‘Life is short. Have an affair’, has used computer programmes – or fembots – to impersonate real women and talk to paying male customers.

An Ernst & Young report commissioned by Avid confirmed that the company had engaged in this practice, and that Avid had shut down the profiles by late 2015 across the world.’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/ashley-madison-admits-tricking-men-with-fake-fembots/

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10 Anon January 8, 2018 at 4:13 pm

I, for one, welcome our robot mistresses.

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11 apoptosis January 8, 2018 at 11:10 pm

“and arrested more than 600 suspects ”

Apparently in China you get arrested for chatbots duping customers. It’s just normal business in the West.

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12 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ January 8, 2018 at 3:44 pm
13 Jeff January 8, 2018 at 6:56 pm

Hey, you’ll never meet that woman who lives 1.7 miles away from you if you don’t click her link.

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14 Mark Thorson January 8, 2018 at 7:08 pm

Police in southern Guangdong province began investigating in August 2017, after suspecting one app of fraudulently charging visitors to view pornographic videos which did not exist.

So, if the porn did exist it would have been alright? Maybe it was the cops who were cheated.

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15 Werty January 8, 2018 at 7:59 pm

“So, if the porn did exist it would have been alright?”

No, but it would have been a different crime. And I think it speaks volumes about one’s character when one makes promsses one doesnt intend to fulfill.

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16 jb January 8, 2018 at 10:49 pm

Why are they being referred to as “robots” as opposed to “a computer program”? There is no indication that there are multiple distinct autonomous operators or any one to one correlation between an artificial entity and a messaging profile.

Absent some kind of technological leap underlying this scam, this is neither tech nor sex news.

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17 Anonymous January 8, 2018 at 11:24 pm

It’s news in that it tells you about how the culture of China differs from that of America. In America it would be considered that the male victims of the scam “deserved it” or at least aren’t worth the energy to investigate. China treats it like any other form of fraud.

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