Artificial intelligence meets real stupidity (and guess who wins?)

It seemed like such a good idea at the time. Microsoft developed Tay, an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot targeted at 18- to 24-year-olds, the dominant users of mobile chat in the United States. According to Microsoft, [Tay was] developed by Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams to experiment with and conduct research on conversational understanding. Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful conversation. The more you chat with Tay the smarter she gets, so the experience can be more personalized for you. Business Insider described how she worked: “Tay was developed using a learning algorithm that gets better the more data it receives. The more data Tay receives, the better its responses should get.” In teen speak,…


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