I had created my newest blog post and was in the process of sharing my post. When out of the blue, this disturbing message appeared: “we find this to violate our terms”! Without thinking, I suddenly felt like a “bad kid”. It felt like someone was yelling at me and I didn’t know who or where they were!
Throughout the day, I felt “out of sync”. Technically, I knew it was a “bot”. But it talked like a human. Therefore, I treated the message as coming from a human. (Even though I knew better!) This was my first encounter with a negative bot, and my emotions were dictating my response!
Well, twenty-four very long hours later I was discussing this encounter with a software engineer friend of mine. Without hesitation and with firm indignation, he began to “get on his band wagon” and pump me up with who I am vs who the bot is! He stated... "when considering AI (bots) remember, they are not human!" Whew, I needed a firm reminder of this!
Secondly, the bots have no rights (really, they don’t) to make us feel sad or inferior! They are here to serve us and make our life better, not worse. The bots only do what a human has told them to do. He pointed out that the message this company was programming their bot to send to me could have been more friendly and helpful as opposed to such a strong rebuke.
He reminded me it’s just "true" vs "false" coding and not an indictment against me as a human. It was time for me to “program” my mind to respond to bots as the master, not the servant!
Well, this was a very good learning experience for me. If you’re going to play in the sandbox of bots (the internet) then be prepared to take your “rightful” position and let them know you want them to play nice. So, I'm ready now and here goes…
Hey Bot, show me some respect! (and just for fun to reinforce the story, check out the video below.)