Internet Bots

Types of Internet Bots Running on demand AI

The internet is not run by humans, but by robots. According to research, bots account for 55% of all web traffic. The survey, which took into account almost 18 billion website visits ranging over roughly 100,000 domains, concluded that the bots have officially taken over the internet. And in good news, helper bots outnumber malicious bots, i.e. spam bots and botnets responsible for launching Distributed Denial of Service attacks by 7%. Therefore, benevolent bots make up 28% of web traffic and harmful bots are responsible for 23%. So what exactly are the most prominent helper bots out there and what do they do?.  We are using different types of Internet Bots on demanding AI.

1. Web Crawlers or Spiders:

A web crawler (also known as a web spider or web robot) is a program or automated script which browses the World Wide Web in a methodical, automated manner. This process is called Web crawling or spidering.

Many legitimate sites, in particular search engines, use spidering as a means of providing up-to-date data.

Web crawlers are mainly used to create a copy of all the visited pages for later processing by a search engine that will index the downloaded pages to provide fast searches.

Crawlers can also be used for automating maintenance tasks on a Web site, such as checking links or validating HTML code. Also, crawlers can be used to gather specific types of information from Web pages, such as harvesting e-mail addresses (usually for spam).

2. Web Scraping Crawlers:

Web Scraping (also termed Screen Scraping, Web Data Extraction, Web Harvesting etc.) is a technique employed to extract large amounts of data from websites whereby the data is extracted and saved to a local file in your computer or to a database in table (spreadsheet) format.

Data displayed by most websites can only be viewed using a web browser. They do not offer the functionality to save a copy of this data for personal use. The only option then is to manually copy and paste the data – a very tedious job which can take many hours or sometimes days to complete. Web Scraping is the technique of automating this process, so that instead of manually copying the data from websites, the Web Scraping software will perform the same task within a fraction of the time.

3. Text-analysis algorithms:

Text Analysis or Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a way for computers to analyze, understand, and derive meaning from human language in a smart and useful way. By utilizing NLP, developers can organize and structure knowledge to perform tasks such as automatic summarization, translation, named entity recognition, relationship extraction, sentiment analysis, speech recognition, and topic segmentation.

4. Chat bots:

A chatbot is an artificial intelligence (AI) program that simulates interactive human conversation by using key pre-calculated user phrases and auditory or text-based signals. Chatbots are frequently used for basic customer service and marketing systems that frequent social networking hubs and instant messaging (IM) clients. They are also often included in operating systems as intelligent virtual assistants.

A chatbot is also known as an artificial conversational entity (ACE), chat robot, talk bot, chatterbot or chatterbox.

5. Video Game Bots:

In video games, artificial intelligence (AI) is used to generate responsive, adaptive or intelligent behaviors primarily in non-player characters (NPCs) similar to human-like intelligence. Artificial intelligence has been an integral part of video games since their inception in the 1950s. The role of AI in video games has expanded greatly since its introduction. Modern games often implement existing techniques from the field of artificial intelligence such as path finding and decision trees to guide the actions of NPCs. Additionally; AI is often used in mechanisms which are not immediately visible to the user, such as data mining and procedural-content generation.