A Quick and Dirty History of Artificial Intelligence

by Laurie Vazquez On Wednesday March 23, Microsoft unleashed its brand new AI on Twitter. Her name was Tay, and she was programmed to tweet like a teenage girl. Within 24 hours she tweeted like a Nazi: Credit: Gerald Mallor/TwitterMicrosoft didn’t intend for that to happen, of course. It wanted to test and improve its algorithm for conversational language. According to Microsoft, Tay was built by “mining relevant [anonymous] public data” which was “modeled, cleaned, and filtered” to create her personality. The filtering went out the window when she went live, though, and the you can see the results above. Thankfully, she didn’t actually develop a hatred for humanity; she just parroted what users gave her. Microsoft’s put Tay on ice for now, but their exercise in creating artificial intelligence…


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