With the presidential campaign causing more outrage than ever due to the lack of viable candidates, more and more people are worried about what would happen if Donald Trump were actually to be made the president. Comedians have no qualms about ragging on the Republican candidate, as he keeps giving them increasingly better reasons to do this.
And to be fair, I can imagine how what is happening can be hilarious from an outside point of view. This racist, homophobic, overall xenophobic man is on the stage day and day out, shouting nonsense, and his ratings keep going up. For those who’ve seen the show and can detach themselves from the depressing reality of Trump having a shot at becoming president, he is pretty much a Parks and Recreation character.
But that’s not the only show that got the situation right before Trump even started his presidential campaign. Arrested Development had a large part of the last season dedicated to a ridiculous plan of building a wall on the U.S. – Mexico border, something that might become a reality.
And with so many brilliantly hilarious minds of century explaining Trump’s insanity to the public, like Louis C.K. making a very accurate analogy to Hitler, Stephen Colbert showing us how Trump tends to constantly contradict himself, and John Oliver talking for 20-odd minutes about the man, it’s inevitable that the public start ragging on him as well.
The newest public sensation related to our-country’s-forefathers-would-roll-in-their-graves-if-they-were-to-see-what-they-fought-for sensation Donald Trump is a twitterbot. @DeepDrumpf promises to make Twitter great again by having a robot post things similar to what the Trumpinator himself does.
Using a complex machine learning technique called deep learning, MIT CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab) post-doctorate Bradley Hayes named the twitterbot after Donald Trump’s original family name, Drumpf, which was changed a few generations back.
According to the twitterbot’s creator,
The algorithm essentially learns an underlying structure from all the data it gets, and then comes up with different combinations of the data that reflect the structure that it was taught. […] 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.
Despite the fact that the tweets aren’t very coherent (or maybe BECAUSE of that), the machine learning twitterbot can sound eerily similar to Trump himself. As expected, it’s just a little bit of variably humorous content, but if you want a break from the real Trump, you can go ahead and check out @DeepDrumpf.
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