A bot (short for web robot) is a software application designed to imitate human behavior. They are automated and perform tasks based on the instructions they are given at a high rate of speed and scale. Bots are a part of daily life...if you use the internet in almost any capacity you have encountered a bot.
Here's a few examples:
- Customer service chat bots that help answer questions
- Search engine bots that use machine learning to index content
- Provide website metrics and improve website performance