Microsoft launches AI chat bot, Tay.ai

Microsoft is testing a new chat bot, Tay.ai, that is aimed primarily at 18 to 24 year olds in the U.S. Tay was built by the Microsoft Technology and Research and Bing teams as a way to conduct research on conversational understanding. The Bing team developed a similar conversational bot, Xiaolce, for the Chinese market, back in 2014. Microsoft execs dubbed Xiaolce “Cortana’s little sister.” According to Tay’s About page, the chat bot was built “by mining relevant public data and by using AI and editorial developed by a staff including improvisational comedians.” Anonymized public data is Tay’s primary data source, the page says. The reason the bot is targeted specifically at the 18 to 24 year-old age group is that group is”the dominant users of mobile social chat services…


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