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Bot Dictionary Definitions

Bot is the word shortened from robot. It refers to a type of autonomous computer program that is capable of carrying out specific tasks and imitating human behavior.

The bots can be designed in any programming language. They work on networks, especially on the internet, and can interact with other systems or users. They can perform multiple functions: edit texts, moderate conversations, answer questions, send emails, etc.

Today they are used to perform various tasks on very popular platforms, such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

The word bot, as such, is recorded for the first time in the 1960s, as a robot apheresis in computer jargon. In Spanish we can write it without italics and without any other type of highlight.

Bots in video games

Video game bots are programs specially designed to behave like a player and interact and compete with other human players. In this sense, its quality is determined by its ability to win in the game. Particularly known are CRPG or computer role-playing games, that is, bots specifically designed to participate in computer role-playing games .

Malicious bots

Bots can also be used to perform malicious tasks, which can range from cyber attacks, to fraud, theft, spam and virus spread. For this reason, the use of bots imposes the need to establish certain ethical limits regarding their programming and their functions. Hence, some sites have very strict rules for the use of bots. This can be found, for example, in many of the companies that offer email service, such as Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail, which, among their requirements to open an account, require writing the characters that are presented in a graphic, specially designed To verify that you are human and not a bot.