Thursday, July 20, 2006


Over at Yahoo! Chess there is another man vs. machine competition taking place, one that has very little to do with chess.

Like any web community, Yahoo! Chess has an Instant-Message window, where the chatter alternates between chess nerds flirting and homophobic racists spouting names at Bush-whacking foreigners. That is, until about a year ago, when the streets of our cyber neighborhood -- like those of any thriving economy -- attracted the online equivalent of hookers. In order to drive traffic to their pornographic web sites, these clever bots engage players with flirtatious chatter crafted to simulate genuine chess-playing hotties.

Read "Return of the Cyber Street Walkers" at Who Has Time For This?.

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