The media story of the week has to be Meta’s publicly available trial of its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, BlenderBot3. The Facebook company made the robot available online for anyone in the US to try it out. You just log on, exchange greetings and start the conversation.

It turns out the robot offers a mix of inanity, brutal honesty, ignorance, stupidity, malicious disinformation, fantasy, racism and anti-Semitism. It is more human than we might have expected...

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