A new game asks: What is machine intelligence?

In March, Microsoft introduced Tay—a chat bot that was programmed to imitate the voice of a teen girl—to the world. The idea in creating her was to demonstrate machine learning through human influence, and in some ways, Microsoft succeeded. Tay had all the makings of A Real Teenager; she used lots of emojis, said things like swag and internets, and talked about puppies (maybe that last one was just me?). Much of her learning was through repetition—she picked up on phrases that lots of folks tweeted at her. And that’s where Microsoft went wrong. In less than 24 hours, Tay was spouting hate speech left and right. She fit in pretty well with the terrible side of the internet, and for that, she could have passed Alan Turing’s famous Turing…


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