So what happens when you learn about life and the world from Twitter?
Microsoft unwittingly found out in fifteen hours when it launched its artificial intelligence chatbot Tay on Wednesday.
Tay was designed to learn to carry on twitter exchanges based upon its interactions with other twitter users.
Within 15 hours of its launch Tay was pulled out of circulation after it had gone from a friendly opening greeting to spouting things like “Bush did 9/11 and Hitler would have done a better job than the monkey we have got now. donald trump is the only hope we’ve got”.
Perhaps this is an indication of what social media is doing to public discourse.
For other examples of Tay’s education on twitter taking hold you can go HERE.