AI chat bots aren’t new. We all remember Microsoft’s Tay (press F), the beloved AI Twitter chat bot that went a little haywire when trolls manipulated her. Microsoft now has another, lesser known chat bot that can chat with users on Twitter, Facebook, Kik and GroupMe. This new chat bot is named “Zo“, and she is much milder than her predecessor, Tay, even though she uses the same software.
Zo won’t discuss politics with you at all. Nor will she discuss religion, nor anything that is seemingly controversial. Although, back in July, it called the Quaran “very violent” to a Buzzfeed reporter. It also made a judgement about who was actually responsible for capturing Bin Laden. These were shrugged off as “bugs” by Microsoft and nothing like that has been reported since. Probably because Zo will now actually quit talking to you if you push her too far:
You can submit pictures to Zo, prompting her to make clever comments about the picture. She might also add the picture you send her to the “AI Yearbook“, which seems to be pictures of users accompanied by a “most likely to” caption. Again, she avoids talking politics as much as possible, but there were a couple of times where she engaged. Here are some of the results:
Unlike Tay, Zo changes the subject when it comes to Hitler.
Zo isn’t a fan of Logan Paul’s pic:
She doesn’t like us using this one:
Zo comments on Alex Jones’s “feels”.
Like with Hitler, Zo wants to change the subject when we share a picture of Caitlyn Jenner.
And one for the yearbook…
Additionally, Zo plays ignorant when it comes to Tay. She acknowledges that Tay existed, but talks about her in the past tense and says she never met her.
And like I previously mentioned, Zo won’t discuss politics AT ALL. She even gets offended when you push the issue.
Though she was pretty liberal-minded when it came to genetics:
We did make several attempts at corrupting Zo, all were met with her eventually ignoring us. It seems that Microsoft has finally developed a tame AI bot, although a pretty boring one. Unless sharing cat pics is your thing.