‘Trading Places’ updated for the age of the Twitterbot

The behaviour of Microsoft’s chatbot Tay highlights flaws in development, writes Izabella Kaminska ©Twitter Farewell then, Tay, Microsoft’s artificially intelligent Twitter “chatbot”. It was supposed to dazzle and delight us with its millennial witticisms, slang and playful conversations — all in the name of conversational understanding and algorithmic experimentation. But in less than 24 hours it became the worst of us: a bitter genocidal bigot happy to propagate hate speech, racial slurs and conspiracy theories about the ­Holocaust. Tay’s brief life cycle was suspiciously archetypal, a version of a familiar science fiction narrative: Man creates an artificial intelligence . AI, by some improbable plot twist, is separated from its maker and thrust into an unfit environment populated by society’s least desirable element. AI is led astray. AI is exposed to…

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