This file photo taken on February 28, 2019 shows the "Jam" chat bot displayed on a smartphone and a binary code displayed by a tablet in Paris./ AFP / Lionel BONAVENTURE
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"Do you ever lie to your friends?" Jam asks, popping up in a private message box at the bottom of your screen. If it seems like a personal question, don't worry -- Jam isn't a person, but a chatbot, eager for a bubbly conversation about the news, environment, pop culture and more.Jam is one of a new generation of sophisticated chatbots that mimic how real people write in messages and on social media to inform their readers, rather than the traditional dry question-and-answer format.Jam has been turning a profit since last September, carrying out surveys for brands keen to access the anonymous data of its young database.Old-school news organizations, meanwhile, are also experimenting with chatbots as a different way to connect with and inform their audiences.
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