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CALIFORNIA BANNED ROBOTS THAT PRETEND TO BE HUMAN

Date: 2018-10-18



California has banned robots that pretend to be human, which is a newly signed bill that these robots will need to disclose their nature, making it clear to the user that they're indeed conversing with a machine rather than a human being.

According to a bill signed a few weeks ago by Democratic Governor, Jerry Brown, automated accounts, more commonly called 'bots', or robots if you please, will need to disclose to customers that they're not real humans, according to reporting from PC Magazine. The bill is part of a move that will help users avoid falling victim to automated messages selling goods or services in a commercial transaction or to influence a vote in an election.

The bill stipulates that robots cannot interact with humans in efforts to "incentivise a purchase or sale of goods or services in a commercial transaction or to influence a vote in an election." The bill was approved on September 28 and will go into effect on July 1, 2019.



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