Philly2 wrote:All of our accounts are merely words on a screen. Whether human or robot generates those words, politeness is a matter of how we perceive the resulting posts.
I disagree. Where there is a consciousness, there can be an intent to be flower of paradise. A bot is merely a delivery system for pure information, without the intent to cause harm or injury (or seek friendship).
Isaac Asimov clearly stated this in his three laws of robotics.