Microsoft Muzzles Its Artificially Intelligent Twitter Persona — Update

Shutterstock photo By Jay Greene Less than one day after Microsoft Corp. released Tay, an artificially intelligent software chatbot that communicated through messages on social-media services, the program went rogue. On Wednesday, Microsoft’s research arm launched the software on services run by Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc., Snapchat Inc., and Instagram. Hours later, it started spewing anti-Semitic rants, which Twitter users collected and posted on social media. Microsoft silenced Tay on Thursday morning and erased virtually all of its tweets. The latest tweet suggested that Tay will be offline for a bit. “c u soon humans need sleep now so many conversations today thx,” it read. Microsoft blamed the tweets on users who fed Tay offensive comments in a deliberate campaign to prompt similar responses. “Unfortunately, within the first 24 hours…


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