Talking about a real-life William Wilson, we bring you the story of a contraption that sounds far more original than the person it was supposed to emulate. A Twitter bot sounds more like Trump than Trump sounds like himself. So, we couldn’t say if we should be worried or relieved.
A computer researcher from MIT managed to devise a sophisticated deep learning software that is capable of reproducing the author’s manner of thinking and writing by analyzing his work or his speeches.
Bradley Hayes, a post-doc student at MIT, who is currently assigned to MIT’s CSAIL, said that this machine invention was possible due to the ever increasing number of companies who have developed smarter and faster deep learning engines.
Taking into account the latest research, and adding a touch of paint, Hayes managed to devise an AI that could think and act very much like its rival. The first test performed on the machine took the scientists back to the Renaissance.
More specifically, Stratford-upon-Avon, Globe Theater and the greatest plays of William Shakespeare. Now, to push the machine to its absolute limits, the computer scientists fed it with the works of Shakespeare and after that, he kindly asked it to say something very Shakespearian.
In a matter of minutes, the machine managed to return a text, which upon further analysis, bore a close resemblance to what Shakespeare would have said if he was asked to behave and talk like Shakespeare.
But the next experiment the scientist had in mind was far more elaborate than the first. After being in the mind of Shakespeare, the AI must now learn to behave a little like Trump. Which was not an easy endeavor.
In fact, Hayes stressed out that he had to reboot the computer a few times before the machine got to the end of Trump’s speeches. Leaving the joke aside, Hayes declared that it was far easier for the computer to learn how to think like Trump, than Shakespeare.
The scientist also explained that the computer had no difficulty in finding a pattern in Trump’s speech, given the fact that Trump has the language skill of an elementary school student.
Long story short, the machine was able to pick Trump’s stream of thoughts and to transform it into a coherent, Trump-like discourse.
And, to see how the machine handles the public, Hayes converted the deep learning software into a Twitter bot, with its own Twitter account and fans.
Although many of the quotes posted by the deep learning machine called DeepDrumpf, make no sense whatsoever, it would seem that the machine was able to capture the essence of Trump’s mindset.
In conclusion, a Twitter bot sound more like Trump than Trump sounds like himself.