Need to get something done online, but don’t have the time or energy? There could soon be a bot to do the hard work for you, as David Crookes explains
What’s a bot?
Bots are software applications that have been programmed to perform tasks automatically over the internet or to pretend to be a person. The word is short for ‘web robot’ and the idea is that they perform simple, time-consuming and repetitive functions that would otherwise require some form of human involvement. They’ve been around for nearly as long as the internet itself but they’re set to become an even more important part of the way we use the web in the coming months and years.