Programmer Nigel Leck has written a program that detects arguments against climate change on Twitter, and automatically responds with appropriate information.

The climate deniers are often unaware that they’re not dealing with a human. This is just the latest in a long line of bots — computer agents designed to have conversations like a human. How do bots work, and can they fool a human into thinking they’re real people?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley — or a reasonable facsimile — joins us on this week’s Talk the Talk.

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Nigel Leck’s Twitter account for AI_AGW

Sorry we got your name wrong, Nigel.

A couple of news articles about the AGW bot:

And here are some links to bots that you can play with:

And Alan Turing’s Wikipedia page, if you want to know more about him.