#178 - What a the chatbot troll can teach us about conversation | Curio

#178 - What a the chatbot troll can teach us about conversation

22 mins | Mar 31, 2022

Today's episode from 31st March 2022. A bitter battle for territory. Complex geopolitics. Oil. No, we're not talking about Ukraine-Russia. We're discussing potentially the world's next big crisis - Guayana and Venezuela. We explore one country's ambition to be the world's biggest oil producer, and the other's plans to disrupt them. Then later, it seems like now more than ever we all could do with some advice on how to talk to others. We look back at what an 80's computer programme designed to be abusive can teach us about the art of conversation. The dispute over the Essequibo territory dates back hundreds of years. But since ExxonMobil discovered oil fields in Guyana in 2015, the conflict has taken new financial and politically strategic values, not only for the two countries involved but for the rest of the world. For Venezuela's autocratic leader, Nicolas Maduro, the current chaos of the Russia-Ukraine war and the growing need for oil might represent an opportunity. For Foreign Policy, Paul J. Angelo and Wazim Mowla contemplate the severity of his intentions. Everyone loves a good conversation. However, anyone attempting to have one online should understand that complexity, context, and ambiguity do not play well on social media. And for literal creatures like chatbots, it's even more challenging. For The Financial Times, Tim Harford examines the legacy of MGonz, the chatbot troll that bypassed all the prerequisites for a good conversation by using insults, which need neither context nor memory to pull off. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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