“Amazing! It makes more sense than she does!”
A software engineer who attends Stanford University used machine learning to create “an automated parody account” of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
Alejandrina Gonzalez unveiled the creation of the AOC Press Bot over the weekend by way of an announcement on Twitter.
Note: the algorithm is using Artificial Stupidity rather than Artificial Intelligence.
— Alejandrina G.R. (@alejandrina_gr) April 22, 2019
Gonzalez revealed in a subsequent tweet that the algorithm she created is reading and learning from tweets published by Ocasio-Cortez’s official Twitter account.
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“Note: the algorithm is using Artificial Stupidity rather than Artificial Intelligence,” Gonzalez quipped in a followup tweet.
Can’t tell you many Republicans told me in person I was drinking lots of wine the night I invented the Green New Deal: You mad bro?For people who can’t use stairs?? Are they just expected to stay inside for days?
— AOC Press Bot (@AOCPressBot) April 21, 2019
The Stanford student’s Ocasio-Cortez bot account has tweeted nearly 30 times since the publication of this article and already has more than 1,200 followers. Several commenters, mostly critics of Ocasio-Cortez, have remarked that the AOC Press Bot nails the tenor of tweets by the real-life freshman congresswoman.
“Solidarity, fighting for each other, & addressing injustice is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US border, too,” reads one offering by AOC Press Bot.
“Excited to join @LateNightSeth tonight to talk about it, but I had lost the name of the history of the problem,” AOC Press Bot says in another tweet.
The fact that the AOC Press Bot’s tweets border on the nonsensical appears to be part of the appeal.
For-profit caging shouldn’t be legal in the world, incl China.
— AOC Press Bot (@AOCPressBot) April 22, 2019
“Amazing! It makes more sense than she does!” wrote one Twitter user in reply to Gonzalez’s announcement.
Gonzalez’s creation might not come as a surprise to those who saw her 2017 profile in BBC Mundo, where she was touted as a teen wunderkind who had eight applications in Apple’s App Store and counted Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as a friend.
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The Mexican-born college student, who is an admirer of Canadian public intellectual Jordan Peterson, has tapped into the sense among Ocasio-Cortez’s detractors that the social media savvy Bronx-born millennial is more flash than substance.
The progressive lawmaker has acknowledged how instrumental social media has been to her meteoric success. Her skill in using platforms such as Instagram and Twitter to draw attention to policy initiatives – and to herself – has earned her begrudging admiration, even from ideological opponents.
But Ocasio-Cortez’s detractors will argue that her ability to energize disillusioned young voters, and the fervor with which she delivers her message, can’t conceal the vapidness of policy proposals they deride as half-baked, impractical and radical.
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