Posts Tagged 'Wired'

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 ...

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Wikipedia Turns to Machine Learning for Fraud Detection

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To help offload the work of volunteer human editors tasked with detecting malevolent postings on the open encyclopedia, Wikipedia has turned to open source machine learning code to develop algorithms for differentiating malevolent new posts from legitimate ones. The goal of the Objective Revision Evaluation Service (ORES) is to help Wikipedia provide a more friendly environment for well-intentioned editors by relaxing current stringent editing restrictions. By identifying obvious vandals, ORES has allowed a positive modification in Wikipedia’s policies toward screening ...

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