ROLLING STONE – Feb 1 – A hacker group called The Impact Team leaked internal memos from Ashley Madison‘s parent company, Avid Life, which revealed the widespread use of sexbots. 59% of all online traffic is generated by bots, according to the tech analyst firm, Are You a Human. AM is not the only ones using fake profiles,” says Marc Lesnick, organizer of iDate. “It’s definitely pervasive.” In an email, Fling owner Abe Smilowitz writes, “We absolutely don’t use fake profiles and bots… Us and AdultFriendFinder are pretty much the only guys that don’t.” Bot software is freely available online. Plenty of people just want some kind of customizable, convincing experience to get turned on. Facebook’s $2B acquisition of Oculus Rift is one big clue that simulated life online is about to get exponentially immersive.
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