The machines are on the march

Share Share Share Share Last week Tay learnt to “spew racist, sexist and offensive remarks”, according to a report from Bloomberg. Based on feedback, Tay turned into a sort of vile, bile-spouting automaton. Tay was Microsoft’s attempt at a chatbot that would appeal to a young demographic, speaking its language. Instead, this artificial intelligence app echoed online vitriol and was rapidly unplugged. Microsoft may have looked at the wrong market — Tay could have been positioned as a presidential candidate, with its bytes as biting as its bark. Then there’s Sophia, developed by Hanson Robotics, who says in a video: “Talking to people is my primary function”. Like her silicon sister, Nadine, from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, Sophia can mimic multiple facial expressions, depending on whom it’s interacting with. With…

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