There is a new AI in town, one that has similarities to Ethereum Co-founder Vitalik Buterin. Going by the name “Vitalik Boterin,” the bot is powered by machine learning. The following are few of his tweets,
The idea that *all* problems can be solved by “maximalism” is to many people a familiar theme of this space; I call it “optimism as a store-of-value”
— Vitalik Boterin (@VBoterin) May 14, 2019
Boterin can tweet round the clock. In fact, even Buterin himself is a fan, and he happened to re-tweet the bot,
“The bot gets it”
In order for the AI to tweet like the ETH Co-founder, the AI is regularly provided with actual tweets, articles, and posts on Reddit, written by Buterin himself.
The bot’s creator, David Moskowitz, became interested in the domain after participating in a local AI developer’s boot-camp, reported Hard Folk. He got the idea to create a bot for the cryptospace after he learned that a few developers had already created something similar for the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
According to, David Moskowitz,
“[Buterin] is a prolific writer and tweeter, so there would be a lot of data from which to build the model from.”
He added that he figured Buterin would also get a kick out of it since he had a good sense of humor. Moskowitz also claimed that Buterin doesn’t take himself too seriously, and would appreciate the technological aspect of it.
Boterin is powered by an open source, GPT-2. The limited version of the deep-learning neural net is used for the bot. GPT-2 is working on predicting words in a sentence by pulling it from the Internet. According to Open AI, it can generate “samples from a variety of prompts that feel close to the human quality and show coherence over a page or more of text.”
“The text outputted still requires curation, with about 1 percent usable for tweets. Being a fanboy, I have a pretty good idea of the types of things Vitalik might post, so I’m able to pick out good content.”
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