Computerized text generation may be getting close to passing the Turing test. (Turing, an early computer scientist, suggested that if a person couldn't tell whether they were text-chatting with a human or a computer, the computer must be intelligent.)In response to a comment I made about special interests within government, the following comment showed up, which I think may have been computer-generated:
governments differ from what is it's purpose and it's characteristics. Interests also makes every government unique. Thanks for the post by the way.
The username was the same as the URL (for a commercial site), so I'm pretty sure it was spam and not a legitimate comment. But I'm not totally sure... I did delete it, and will continue to delete similar comments. But it was spooky to be unsure whether the text I was reading was created by a human or a computer.
It seems unlikely that spammers would spend the effort to write several on-topic sentences that will probably be deleted, just to get a single mention of their URL on a blog site that doesn't let search engines register the URL link.
I think it's plausible, nowadays, that chatbots fed a few key words from my comment could generate the above text.
I got curious whether these sentences had been found by Google search from the keywords, so I googled for "governments "purpose and it's characteristics"" to see whether that phrase existed on the web. Google corrected my grammar.