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May 7, 2009

Robot online @ Facebook and looking for friends

Source: BBC News, UAE University IRML Site.

Ibn Sina

Meet Ibn Sina (on the left) on his Facebook page.


Friend invitation extended to John Connor. Depending on how you feel about robots, this is either a major step forward or a sign of the apocalypse. A month-long experiment is going to be run on Facebook where a robot, complete with a profile, will be used to see if humans are willing to make friends with the machine. The experiment is being run by Nikolaos Mavridis and the United Arab Emirates University’s Interactive Robots and Media Laboratory (IRML), which explains the bot’s name and appearance. Details can be found on the IRML website and a paper is available (PDF) from


Technical difficulties. Of course, to make friends with Ibn, you need to be registered with Facebook, then find the right Ibn Sina to befriend. I’ve made an attempt to register to see if this is for real, but something is fubar with their registration system. Maybe others are trying to make friends with the robot as well. I’ll keep trying and let you know if it ends well, or if we give birth to Skynet.

Stay Tuned…

This post has been filed under Rise of the Robots, Cyberpunked living, News as Cyberpunk by Mr. Roboto.


May 7, 2009

Mr No 1 said:

Another conspiracy to make you sign for a stupid social network. I’d love to be any robot/IA’s friend but, this, NO thanks

Impius said:

Would be nice if I could find the damned robot/person/thing on Facebook…

May 8, 2009

nullorama said:

i’m just attempting to get banned from facebook by posting offensive content and explicit content, is a stupid rape to human rights it violates any kind of privacy and well, there’s no way i’m giving my info to an AI, specially if that AI was made by some one that has the posibility of gathering information in a database.

June 20, 2009


Just give up fake info…Play the game

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