How Bots Seized Control of My Pricing Strategy

Carlos Bueno, Weblog, Feb 28, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Amusing story of bots engaged in a price war selling books that don't exist. It begins with them creating books out of Wikipedia pages and selling them for inflated prices (pictured, above). It ends with them getting into a price war over resales of a book offered on Amazon.com. "A computer program, pretending to be human, hawking a book about computers pretending to be human, while other computer programs pretend to have used copies of it." Via Boing Boing and Wolfgang Greller.
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