Did Microsoft’s Tay Fail the Turing Test? Yes, But Racism Wasn’t the Problem

If the success of an artificial intelligence is the creation of an artificial personality, Microsoft’s A.I. bot, Tay, might be considered a sign of progress. But more broadly, Tay can be judged a failure. “The goal of most people who are working on conversational agents of this sort, is not so much to pass any sort of Turing test, but to actually have a useful command of language that responds sensibly to things and provide people access to knowledge,” Miles Brundage, a Ph.D. student studying human and social dimensions of science and technology at Arizona State University tells Inverse. Microsoft illustrated some of the problems of constructing A.I. programs this week when in less than 24 hours, the Internet turned what was meant to be a female, millennial, automated, Twitter…


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