Why bother writing anything on Facebook when you can just outsource your personal comments to a bot? That's the idea behind a new app that reads your past Facebook updates and automatically generates new ones for you.
Writes Will Oremus over at Slate:
Just go to a fun little hacked-together website called What Would I Say?, log into Facebook, and hit "Generate Status." Out will come a computer-generated status update based on past updates from your own timeline. How does it do that? No, the site isn't secretly run by humans, like the famous Horse_eBooks Twitter feed. Rather, in the words of the site's creators, "Technically speaking, it trains a Markov Bot based on mixture model of bigram and unigram probabilities derived from your past post history." Which I'm pretty sure is just a fancier way of saying word salad.
Is this what they mean when they say that robots will steal our jobs? Or is it just a comment on how inane and rote the typical Facebook update really is?