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

Nanna Inie, Jeanette Falk Olesen, Leon Derczynski

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Spread of misinformation presents a technological and so-
cial threat to society. With the advance of AI-based lan-
guage models, automatically generated texts have be-
come 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 parame-
ters to adjust the genre and type of an automatically gener-
ated text rumour. The Rumour Mill is a physical demonstra-
tion of the state of NLP technology and its ability to gener-
ate and manipulate natural language text, and of the act of
starting and spreading rumours.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication dateApr 2020
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6819-3/20/04
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
EventThe ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020


ConferenceThe ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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