Microsoft ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Tay’s Twitter Rants

While Tay is offline, Microsoft will use the incident as a lesson to fortify the AI chatbot against similar attacks. Microsoft issued a public apology after its latest foray into artificial intelligence (AI) took an unfortunate turn. Last week, the company was forced to shut down its AI chatbot Tay after it began spouting racist and offensive tweets.A Microsoft spokesperson told eWEEK that Tay’s bad behavior was the result “of a coordinated effort by some users to abuse Tay’s commenting skills to have Tay respond in inappropriate ways,” in an email statement Thursday.Designed to mimic a young, good-natured American Millennial woman, Tay’s replies were meant to be amusing and entertaining. Within hours of being introduced to Twitter’s massive user base, the Tay account (@TayandYou) began parroting and ultimately generating her…


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