AI Twitterbot Gives Statements Like Donald Trump

Posted: Mar 4 2016, 11:47pm CST | by , Updated: Mar 5 2016, 9:41am CST, in News | Latest Science News


AI Twitterbot Gives Statements Like Donald Trump
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The spoof bot uses an algorithm to create Tweets that sound remarkably like Donald Trump. The Tweets do not completely go over your head. They are at least partially coherent, much like the presidential candidate himself.

MIT researchers have created a twitterbot that tweets nearly perfect Trump-like statements. 

The bot, named DeepDrumpf uses an artificial intelligence algorithm that is trained on just a few hours of transcripts of Donald Trump’s victory speeches and debate performances and dishes out tweets that sound remarkably similar to Trump’s original ones.


MIT’s neural network can be taught to find patterns in information on its own. Then, it can create sentences letter by letter based on the provided data. For instance, if the bot starts its Tweet with the letter “M,” it will be followed by A, K, E until the bot types out Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”

“The algorithm essentially learns an underlying structure from all the data its gets and then comes up with different combinations of the data that reflect the structure that it was taught,” said Bradley Hayes, the creator of the bot from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. 

“Trump’s language tends to be more simplistic, so I figured out that, as a modeling problem, he would be the most manageable candidate to study.”

The tweets produced by DeepDrumpf not always make complete sense – much like the presidential candidate himself – but they do not totally go over your head as well. These tweets are at least partially coherent.  

Interestingly, the twitterbot has also directly interacted with Trump’s Twitter account and the responses are contextually quite similar to the real Tweets.

“Much of my actual robotics research deals with these types of modeling techniques,” said Hayes. “I thought this would be a good way to learn more about some of the concepts and  have a little bit of fun in the process.”

Hayes is planning to build Twitterbots of other presidential candidates too so can feed Tweets to each other and can engage in real time deep learning debates. 

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