Tay, Microsoft’s AI chatbot, gets a crash course in racism from Twitter

Tay uses a combination of artificial intelligence and editorial written by a team including improvisional comedians. Photograph: Twitter Microsoft’s attempt at engaging millennials with artificial intelligence has backfired hours into its launch, with waggish Twitter users teaching its chatbot how to be racist. The company launched a verified Twitter account for “Tay” – billed as its “AI fam from the internet that’s got zero chill” – early on Wednesday. — TayTweets (@TayandYou) March 23, 2016 hellooooooo w?rld!!! The chatbot, targeted at 18- to 24-year-olds in the US, was developed by Microsoft’s technology and research and Bing teams to “experiment with and conduct research on conversational understanding”. Related: How much should we fear the rise of artificial intelligence? | Tom Chatfield “Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they…


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