The Saga of Twitter Bot Tay

It took less than 24 hours. Microsoft had released its latest experiment with artificial intelligence: a Twitter bot named Tay that was designed to research and foster “conversational understanding.” But Tay learned too much, much too young. It started, as so many things on the internet do, with optimism, a fresh start, and a tweet: hellooooooo w?rld!!! — TayTweets (@TayandYou) March 23, 2016 And, as with so many things on the internet, the best of intentions went awry almost immediately.  Tay was programmed to edit responses to her on Twitter in order to form new thoughts and sentences.  According to the official site, Tay was targeted at American 18- to 24-year-olds, “the dominant users of mobile social chat services in the U.S.”: Tay is an artificial intelligent chat bot developed by…


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