Microsoft Plans Army of Artficial Intelligence Bots

Microsoft’s artificial intelligence chatbot Tay became a pro-Nazi, sexist, pot-smoking Internet pest within days of being set loose on Twitter last week, but the technology giant doesn’t plan to give up on the technology. At Microsoft’s Build developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, the company’s CEO Satya Nadella announced a new platform that will allow people to build their own chatbots, saying “bots are the new apps.” The Microsoft Bot Framework can be used by developers to build bots—automated online programs capable of chatting in a human-like way—that let people chat with them using natural language. Try Newsweek: Subscription offers The bots will be set loose across messaging services like Skype, Slack, Telegram, emails and text messages in the hope that they will assist users. “We want to build…


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