Microsoft apologizes after AI teen Tay misbehaves

Microsoft is taking part in an inevitable parenting tradition: apologizing for its jerk kid. On Friday, the Redmond, Washington, company took responsibility for a string of racist and sexist tweets sent by Tay, the artificial-intelligence chatbot that is the offspring of Microsoft’s research and Bing teams. The offensive and vulgar tweets prompted Microsoft to take Tay offline, the 21st century equivalent to being grounded. In a blog post, Peter Lee, a corporate vice president of Microsoft Research, shouldered responsibility for Tay’s bad behavior, though he suggested the AI teenager might have been hanging out with bad influences.Microsoft took Tay offline after she sent out several offensive tweets. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET “A coordinated attack by a subset of people exploited a vulnerability in Tay,” Lee wrote. “As a result, Tay…


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