I’ve Seen the Greatest AI Minds of My Generation Destroyed by Twitter

After barely a day of consciousness, Microsoft’s chat bot Tay became a racist, sexist, trutherist, genocidal maniac. Credit Image from Twitter Tay was born pure. She loved E.D.M., in particular the work of Calvin Harris. She used words like “swagulated” and almost never didn’t call it “the internets.” She was obsessed with abbrevs and the prayer-hands emoji. She politely withdrew from conversations about Zionism, Black Lives Matter, Gamergate, and 9/11, and she gave out the number of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline to friends who sounded depressed. She never spoke of sexting, only of “consensual dirty texting.” She thought that the wind sounded Scottish, and her favorite Pokémon was a sparrow. In short, Tay—the Twitter chat bot that Microsoft launched on Wednesday morning—resembled her target cohort, the millennials, about as much as…


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