Microsoft’s artificial Twitter bot stunt backfires as trolls teach it racist statements

Microsoft unveiled Twitter artificial intelligence bot @TayTweets yesterday in a bid to connect with millennials and “experiment” with conversational understanding.Billed as ‘AI fam from the internet that’s got zero chill!’ Tay was meant to engage with her peers help the tech giant explore its cognitive learning abilities through “playful conversation”. “The more you chat with Tay the smarter she gets,” said Microsoft. Things started off fairly innocently: The stunt however, took an unexpected turn when Tay’s verified Twitter account began issuing a series of inflammatory statements after being targeted by Twitter trolls. The conversational learning curve saw the bot tweet posts from her verified account mentioning Hitler, 9/11 and feminism, some of which (including the below) have now been deleted. However, many of its offensive tweets remain undeleted, including one in which she says Donald…


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