Microsoft artificial intelligence ‘chatbot’ taken offline after trolls tricked it into becoming hateful, racist

A Microsoft “chatbot” designed to converse like a teenage girl has been taken offline after its artificial intelligence software was coaxed into firing off hateful, racist comments on Twitter. Technology giant Microsoft  this week launched its experiment with the Tay AI (artificial intelligence) bot, which was given the personality of a teenager and was designed to learn from conversing with real people. However, the plan was sent awry by an ill-willed campaign to teach her negative things, Microsoft said. “It is as much a social and cultural experiment, as it is technical,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “Unfortunately, within the first 24 hours of coming online, we became aware of a coordinated effort by some users to abuse Tay’s commenting skills to have Tay respond in inappropriate ways.” Tay’s offensive tweets have since been…


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