Twitter is, unfortunately, rather flush with little bots. These accounts can tweet all sorts of nonsense, and it doesn't take a genius to make one. One of these not-geniuses, a guy named Forrest, has created one of the Twittersphere's least-technical but most influential bots, @assbott.
Originally designed to troll Trump supporters throughout the 2016 presidential primary season (a job it did quite well), @assbott ended up fighting an unlikely target: Blues Traveler.
"Sorry, I was looking for a different group of angry fedora-wearers."
You'll notice that @assbott's statuses make just enough sense for John Popper to think someone's screwing with him, but not quite enough sense for it to be real. Erring on the side of "It's not like I have anything better to do," Popper began to engage with a Twitter bot -- which, we feel the need to reiterate, is named @assbott.
Eventually, @assbott must have attained sentience and learned to feel bad for the poor guy's confusion, so it tried to out itself to Popper.
Is ... is he bragging about his mastery of insulting computer programs?
The next morning, Forrest himself tried to explain the situation to Popper, only to realize that trying to communicate with him is almost as bad as trying to get @assbott to pass a Turing test.
"Oh ... so this is what it feels like to get unending gibberish replies ..."
"John Popper can't win an argument with a robot" probably isn't the revelation any of us were expecting from 2015, but it's the one we got.
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