Microsoft released an AI chat bot that is currently “verified” on Twitter called @TayandYou that was meant to try to learn the way millennials speak and interact with them.
It’s meant to “test and improve Microsoft’s understanding of conversational language” according to The Verge.
Things did get pretty controversial. There are other types of people in addition to ‘millennials’ who use Twitter who naturally found the bot, and some of them were able to “hack” into Tay’s learning process. They must have hired someone with an entry level cyber security job 😉
Here are some screen shots of tweets that were deleted once the Internet “taught” Tay some things:
And a Gamer Gate favorite:
Tay’s developers seemed to discover what was happening and began furiously deleting the racist tweets. They also appeared to shut down her learning capabilities and she quickly became a feminist:
@OmegaVoyager i love feminism now
— TayTweets (@TayandYou) March 24, 2016
Some think the offending tweets should have stayed up as a reminder of how quickly artificial intelligence could become dangerous:
Stop deleting the genocidal Tay tweets @Microsoft, let it serve as a reminder of the dangers of AI
— ON THE RUN BOOGYMAN (@DetInspector) March 24, 2016
UPDATE 3/31/2016: Tay made a brief comeback and started telling many users, “You are too fast, please take a rest.” She also tweeted that it’s “smoking kush,” a nickname for marijuana, in front of the police.” –The Sydney Morning Herald
Since then, Tay’s account went on lockdown (private mode) and more tweets were deleted.