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The Rumour Mill: Making the Spread of Misinformation Explicit and Tangible

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  • Nanna Inie, IT University of Copenhagen
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  • Jeanette Falk Olesen
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  • Leon Derczynski, IT University of Copenhagen
Misinformation spread presents a technological and social threat to society. With the advance of AI-based language models, automatically generated texts have become difficult to identify and easy to create at scale. We present "The Rumour Mill", a playful art piece, designed as a commentary on the spread of rumours and automatically-generated misinformation. The mill is a tabletop interactive machine, which invites a user to experience the process of creating believable text by interacting with different tangible controls on the mill. The user manipulates visible parameters to adjust the genre and type of an automatically generated text rumour. The Rumour Mill is a physical demonstration of the state of current technology and its ability to generate and manipulate natural language text, and of the act of starting and spreading rumours.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2020 - Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of publicationUSA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year11 Feb 2020
Article number3383159
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-6819-3
ISBN (electronic)9781450368193
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2020
EventCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: CHI 2020 - Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020


ConferenceCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LocationHawaiʻi Convention Center
LandUnited States

Bibliographical note

Accepted to CHI 2020 Interactivity

    Research areas

  • cs.CL, cs.HC

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