Chatbots: Why should we be nice to them?

It’s becoming easier than ever to converse with a robot — with products and applications like Facebook Messenger, Apple’s Siri, the Amazon Echo chatbot Alexa, and Google Now. Tech companies are betting big on conversational bots as the next big thing.  But you might want to be nice to those bots. CBC Radio technology columnist Dan Misener says the way we treat them reveals a lot about who we are as humans. Why is it important to start thinking about human-robot relations? Because the chatbots are coming, and we’re just starting to see the first wave. Facebook recently unveiled its plans for chatbots that live inside its Messenger app. These are conversational robots that you message back and forth with to get news, play games and buy things. CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app at the 2015 Facebook F8 Developer Conference. At this year’s conference, Zuckerberg announced…

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