Debating Climate-Change Deniers Is So Easy, Even A Bot Can Do It


[Nigel Leck] got tired of arguing on Twitter with people who believe climate change is not occurring, so he built a bot that scrapes Twitter for certain strings of words then responds to the author of the offending tweet with a pre-packaged link containing a science-based counter-argument.

The dialog (or should we say rhetoric?) between climate change skeptics and those in the opposite camp is apparently so formulaic that Leck’s bot can carry on an exchange with a real human for dozens of tweets. He hopes to make the auto-debate even more realistic and accurate in the future by parsing data from other climate change debaters on Twitter.


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