The open secret about the fabled Turing test is that the standard of humanity gets lower all the time. Even as computers become more and more sophisticated about replicating human communications, humans are becoming less and less sophisticated communicators.

Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of #Gamergate. The trolls and true believers are so eager for an audience—and so deeply uninterested in what anyone else has to say to them—that some ingenious soul has now tricked them into arguing their case with an Twitter bot that runs ELIZA, the antique and rudimentary chat program. And ELIZA seems to be winning.