London, July 11 (ANI): A virtual robot has been designed by scientists in such a way that it poses as a 14-year-old schoolgirl to lure and trap paedophiles on social networking sites.
The highly sophisticated conversational agent, known as Negobot, called 'Chatbot', is a computer program that is capable of tricking potential sexual predators into thinking she actually exists, the Independent reported.
A police force in Spain, where she was made, is now looking at ways in which it could employ the undercover cybercop.
Once Negobot is placed in a forum where a paedophile is believed to be lurking, it starts off as a passive and neutral participant in general online conversation.
As chats becomes more intimate or evocative, and the 'target' begins to use grooming tactics, Negobot's behaviour changes in ways designed to lure him in. (ANI)