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    Theresa May Keeps Giving Robotic Answers In Interviews, So We Asked A Chatbot The Same Questions

    Can you tell the difference?

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    Theresa May is very clear – or at least she likes to say that she is. She also likes to say how she prefers "strong and stable" to a "coalition of chaos", and wants you to strengthen her hand.

    But the prime minister's penchant for parroting slogans and ducking questions is starting to draw criticism, with some now calling her downright robotic.

    The criticism escalated after an interview with a local journalist at the Plymouth Herald which left the local hack despairing.

    May faced a series of questions on Brexit, transport, and military cuts – but the reporter, Sam Blackledge, was far from happy with the answers.

    "If the ultimate job of a journalist is to get answers, I had failed," he wrote. "She had and given me absolutely nothing. It was like a postmodern version of Radio 4's Just A Minute."

    The interview was just one of a series in recent days that have left people pondering whether May was operating on autopilot – so we've decided to test what that could look like.

    We asked the AI chatbot Rose – which won the Loebner prize for most human AI bot in 2014 and 2015 – the same questions Theresa May was asked by Blackledge, as well as some from a few other recent interviews. Can you tell which one of these answers is actually Theresa May?

    James Ball is a special correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London. PGP: <a href=";search=0x05A89521181EE8F1" target="_blank">here</a>

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