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Microsoft’s AI, Tay, Twitter testing goes horribly wrong.

 


We all know that Artificial intelligence is the future of tech, this has lead major tech companies jumping in Ai train. Microsoft is one of these companies, and have recently tested their Ai called Tay on Twitter. Tay was launched on Wednesday and had a pretty big entrance, as she garnered large follower base. However, Tay ‘s big entrance went south when the Ai began to post racist and sexist tweets.

Tay was taken down in no time under the excuse of going to sleep. Since then Microsoft has released an official statement on their website, that begins with an apology and explains why the Ai went haywire.

Peradventure you are wondering what Tay posted, well here are some snapshots of her Tweets, thanks to the guys at Geek.ng.

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Here an excerpt from Microsoft’s statement

We are deeply sorry for the unintended offensive and hurtful tweets from Tay, which do not represent who we are or what we stand for, nor how we designed Tay. Tay is now offline and we’ll look to bring Tay back only when we are confident we can better anticipate malicious intent that conflicts with our principles and values.

I want to share what we learned and how we’re taking these lessons forward.

For context, Tay was not the first artificial intelligence application we released into the online social world. In China, our XiaoIce chatbot is being used by some 40 million people, delighting with its stories and conversations. The great experience with XiaoIce led us to wonder: Would an AI like this be just as captivating in a radically different cultural environment? Tay – a chatbot created for 18- to 24- year-olds in the U.S. for entertainment purposes – is our first attempt to answer this question.

As we developed Tay, we planned and implemented a lot of filtering and conducted extensive user studies with diverse user groups. We stress-tested Tay under a variety of conditions, specifically to make interacting with Tay a positive experience. Once we got comfortable with how Tay was interacting with users, we wanted to invite a broader group of people to engage with her. It’s through increased interaction where we expected to learn more and for the AI to get better and better read more.

 

 

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