A New AI Can Write Convincing Political Speeches

Truly rousing political speeches are, sadly, few and far between. But those that are a little less inspiring can, it turns out, be convincingly written by an artificial intelligence system. Yes, politicians may be a little like robots. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, have created an AI that they’ve trained using 4,000 political speech segments from 53 U.S. Congressional floor debates. The learning technique uses an approach known as n-grams, which was made famous by Google and searches out sequences of “n” words or phrases to understand how text is constructed. The software was forced to chomp through 50,000 sentences, containing an average of 23 words, each of which was tagged with political allegiance and wether the speaker was for or against the topic they were discussing. Eventually,…

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