E&T news weekly #88 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week


Friday 1 April 2016

Jade Fell  Jade Fell, assistant features editor
Microsoft’s AI chatbot causes scandal with racist rants

This is without a doubt my favourite news story of the week. I’ve followed the updates quite closely, and I have to say, I am quite the fan of Tay. Yes, she was racist and rude, but she was also seriously clever and so witty!  If you live under a rock and have somehow managed to miss this news let me give you an update. Microsoft created an artificial intelligence Twitter bot designed to interact with young people in the US – specifically those in the 18-24 age range – and within 24 hours had to take her down because she had turned into a foul-mouthed, racist, feminist-hating sex robot. Why? Because she learns by speaking to people – and the people of Twitter had, within a few short hours, turned this teen Twitter bot into a Hitler-loving Trump supporter. It was actually hilarious – albeit horribly controversial. A personal favourite – one Twitter user called Tay a “stupid machine” – to which the witty teenager replied “well I learn from the best

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