Friendly Microsoft chatbot turns into racist monster

Comments Print Ted S. Warren/AP/file 2014 The Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. By Brandon Bailey AP Technology Writer  March 25, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — OMG! Did you hear about the artificial intelligence program that Microsoft designed to chat like a teenage girl? It was totally yanked offline in less than a day, after it began spouting racist, sexist and otherwise offensive remarks. Microsoft said it was all the fault of some really mean people, who launched a ‘‘coordinated effort’’ to make the chatbot known as Tay ‘‘respond in inappropriate ways.’’ To which one artificial intelligence expert responded: Duh! Well, he didn’t really say that. But computer scientist Kris Hammond did say, ‘‘I can’t believe they didn’t see this coming.’’ Microsoft said its researchers…

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