Originally posted by Aeons
Well, it could be a someone.
However, I would suspect in this particular case it is a program.
I also suspect it is possible to set up a system where you could have the most useful program personalities (been accepted to a degree by their forum), that have routines to recognize being recognized, and possibly alert a real person to come on and re-establish rapport or "save" a personality.
Program "personalities" don't respond to what you are really saying. It responds to key words, or phrases.
"There are a variety of social media tricks we can use to add a level of realness to all fictitious personas," it said.
As the text explains, the software would require licenses for 50 users with 10 personas each, for a total of 500. These personas would have to be "replete with background , history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographacilly consistent."
Though many questions remain about how the military would apply such technology, the reasonable fear should be perfectly clear. "Persona management software" can be used to manipulate public opinion on key information, such as news reports. An unlimited number of virtual "people" could be marshaled by only a few real individuals, empowering them to create the illusion of consensus.
You could call it a virtual flash mob, or a digital "Brooks Brothers Riot," so to speak: compelling, but not nearly as spontaneous as it appears.
They either parrot the OS or diss CT with a scripted cute remark then go back to "trying to change your mind".
They seem to register in the late 2010-2011 dates and the topics they post on give them away.