AI Twitterbot Donald Trump – It looks like Donald Trump is getting close to be one of the nominee for the 2016 elections from the Republican side step by step. This also led to some issues such as a bot named Deep Drumpf has been launched for Twitter. This bot serves for only one purpose, it tries to post tweets that are similar to Donald Trump by using an artificial intelligence. It is hard to believe but the results are too similar to the tweets of Donald Trump. This artificial intelligence robot already started to create new memes on the internet and followed by millions of people.
Sometimes politicians say things they wish they could take back, especially online. And in other cases, their words become the kind of fodder comedians dream of for the perfectly hilarious monologue.
But what happens when you have a presidential candidate whose speeches almost sound like an absurdist bot run amok?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has already been the subject of numerous news articles due to his call to boycott Apple and for shaming President Barack Obama for watching “Star Wars.”
Trump’s sound bites are often so memorable that even remix master Eclectic Method made an entertaining music video showcasing his best comments.
So it’s no surprise that the controversial presidential candidate now has a bot that mimics his speech based on his real-life comments.
The Twitterbot DeepDrumpf takes its name from “Last Week Tonight” host and comedian John Oliver who lambasted Trump on his February 28 show when he revealed the politician’s original family name is actually Drumpf — encouraging the hashtag #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain.
The Trump Twitterbot was created by MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) postdoc candidate Bradley Hayes, who used artificial intelligence deep learning techniques such as neural networks that teach computers to find various patterns in data.
DeepDrumpf takes the information it’s given then tweets what it thinks Trump would say in real life. So far, DeepDrumpf tweeting “I’m what ISIS doesn’t need,” sounds very plausible.
“The bot creates Tweets one letter at a time,” according to the CSAIL blog. “If the bot randomly begins its Tweet with the letter M, it is somewhat likely to be followed by an A, and then a K, and so on until the bot types out Trump’s campaign slogan, ‘Make America Great Again.’ It then starts over for the next sentence and repeats the process until it reaches the 140-character limit.”
Of course, as with all text-based bots, DeepDrumpf doesn’t always make much sense, but critics say that in some cases, neither does the real-life Trump — and that’s why the bot is so much fun to follow. It’s always a challenge to separate the real comments from the AI.
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The DeepDrumpf Twitterbot drew inspiration for its name from comedian John Oliver’s potshots at Trump, including the revelation that his family’s surname was originally Drumpf. It was created by MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab postdoctoral student Bradley Hayes, who made use of deep learning in order to create a bot that (sort-of) tweets like Trump would. Deep learning is an AI technique that allows computers to discern patterns, thinking like a human brain in the process, though as inferred by DeepDrumpf’s syntax, it does still sound a bit robotic. But that was perfect for Hayes, as he explained in a press statement from MIT.
“Trump’s language tends to be more simplistic, so I figured that, as a modeling problem, he would be the most manageable candidate to study,” said Hayes, quoted by MIT CSAIL’s Adam Conner-Simons in the press release.
To give DeepDrumpf its “personality,” Hayes fed it words actually spoken by Trump in previous debates, as well as verbatim comments from speeches he made after he emerged victorious in primaries. The bot then randomly picks out a letter from the words that it was fed, moves on to the next most likely letter, and continues until it fills up the 140-character Twitter quota.
So if you notice a Twitter account called @DeepDrumpf spouting arguably racially-insensitive agenda at random, or possibly “yelling” the words “you’re fired” out of nowhere, don’t get mad — it’s just a Trump-bot leveraging AI to tweet like the Donald.