Microsoft’s Tay Chatbot Debacle Reveals Immaturity of AI, Web Trolls

NEWS ANALYSIS: The sadly embarrassing end to Microsoft’s public experiment with a chatbot that would mirror millennial attitudes provides some critical lessons about designing machine learning systems. Imagine if you will that Edgar Rice Burroughs had taught his famous character Tarzan how to type and then dropped him into a room with nothing but a computer attached to Twitter.That computer would be the young Tarzan’s only window to the outside world. You’ll remember that Burroughs’ fictional Tarzan (the character in the book, not the movie Tarzan who yodeled among jungle greenery) was a very fast learner who had limited context with which to judge humanity. If you think of Microsoft’s Tay machine learning project as being roughly equivalent to Tarzan, it makes it easier to understand what happened when Microsoft…


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