The Rise Of The Sex-Crazed Twitter Nazi Bots

If anyone had high hopes for 2016—and if you did, I’m dreadfully sorry—the good folks at Microsoft Research may have had the highest. As 2015 drew to a close, various company representatives heralded a “new Golden Age of technological advancement.” 2016, we were told, would bring us closer to a benevolent artificial intelligence—an artificial intelligence that would be warm, humane, helpful, and, as one particularly optimistic researcher named Lili Chang put it, “will help us laugh and be more productive.” Well, she got the “laugh” part right. Last week, Microsoft unveiled “Tay,” an artificially intelligent chatbot who could “learn” by “speaking” with actual humans on Twitter. If you’ve spent any time on Twitter, you’re probably already laughing, perhaps in an alarming, maniacal fashion. This is because everyone knows that Twitter…

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