Up 189% in searches, bot made the list this week. Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media sites can surely explain why.
The New York Times did an investigation into bots on the most popular social-media sites—mainly into the buying and selling of fake followers. After the expose, it seems Twitter might have done a bot purge, as many people, especially celebrities, claimed to have lost many followers overnight. Twitter is the main offender when it comes to bots, and now the New York Attorney General has said he will open a formal investigation into the matter.
However, bots may be helping some people. Business Insider published a piece on a new app: Woebot. It is "an artificially intelligent chatbot (and recently launched app) that uses the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT — one of the most heavily researched clinical approaches to treating depression." Developed by a Stanford clinical psychologist, it's not meant to replace in-person therapy, it's just a different type of therapy altogether.