Microsoft In Recovery Room After Tay

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Microsoft appears to have been emboldened by the success of its Xiaoice chat bot in China to try a US-based chat bot with the personality of a 19-year-old girl in order to attract the 18-24 year-old demographic. What it found was that the US market responded to the introduction by attacking the bot’s learning algorithms with hate speech and “training” Tay to be an eager participant within its first few hours online.

Microsoft acted at once to shut down the experiment and take it back to the drawing board, or perhaps to send the neural network back to a clean room. Wired presents an intelligent discussion of this nasty event in It’s Your Fault Microsoft’s Teen AI Turned Into Such a Jerk.

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