Daniel Suarez, software engineer and author, gives a fascinating presentation on what is referred to as “Bot-Mediated Reality.”
Bots are software applications that search, retrieve, and act on information. It has a great deal to do with the seemingly inexorable drive to efficiency, which likely means fewer people making decisions. Will we humans lose more and more control?
The implications are significant. There are plenty of reasons to believe that our traditional institutional structures are not capable of adapting to the changes? See
http://fora.tv/2008/08/08/Daniel_Suarez_Daemon_Bot-Mediated_Reality Changing Reality