Meet the Echoborg

Meet the Echoborg

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Meet the Echoborg

But what if this operation was inverted so that the interface of artificial intelligence was an actual human whose actions were determined by a machine? Enter social psychologists Kevin Corti and Alex Gillespie, whose recent research published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology reveals findings from a series of experiments involving ‘Echoborgs’. An echoborg is composed of a human whose words are partially or entirely determined by a chat bot. By using humans to deliver words determined by a computer programme, the researchers are studying ‘how people interact face-to-face with machine intelligence under the assumption that it is human.’


  1. Exciting stuff, thanks for sharing.

  2. This reminds me of Marshall brain’s Manna.

  3. Oh, the poor borg person!

  4. This might finally be the answer to my general inability to make small talk!

    A new treatment for social anxiety!!

  5. Ohmyglob!  I’m gonna need a moment.

  6. I would name this tech ‘Seance’. Imagine the fun at parties. What would it be like to channel 4chan or the like?

  7. I’m still trying to figure out where the humanity in humans is…

  8. That is hilarious, Mark Bruce​. Must have taken some real work to pull that off too.

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