When the next Twitterbot loses it, remember that its tweets are protected

Bots have been using computers for a long time (see The Invisible Boy), but the Constitution is even older.Getty Images John Frank Weaver is Boston-based attorney focusing on artificial-intelligence law. Last month, the Internet was briefly ablaze with the news that Tay, a Microsoft-built Twitterbot designed to interact with 18-24 year-olds in the persona of a teenaged girl, had interacted with the Twitterverse and become a racist conspiracy theorist in less than 24 hours. Microsoft understandably pulled the plug on the experimental AI, but that doesn’t end the creation of autonomous tweets of questionable value. There are numerous other Twitterbots that, with little to no human input, create original ideas, only some of which are truly worthwhile. These bots include: • An AI-powered Donald Trump emulator (@DeepDrumpf) that analyzes the real…


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