Searching through Tay's tweets (more than 96,000 of them!
"), before it replied to the question "is Ricky Gervais an atheist?Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled Tay — a Twitter bot that the company described as an experiment in "conversational understanding." The more you chat with Tay, said Microsoft, the smarter it gets, learning to engage people through "casual and playful conversation." Unfortunately, the conversations didn't stay playful for long.Pretty soon after Tay launched, people starting tweeting the bot with all sorts of misogynistic, racist, and Donald Trumpist remarks.As we ramp up toward Valentine’s Day, evidently some will stumble into looking for love in all the wrong places, according to PCAdvisor who is bracing for an attack of the “flirt bots.” Flirt bots have made their first reappearance since 2007’s “cyberlover” malware spree, so be wary of amorous advances and flattering cam coaxing, kiddies.These nefarious netbots are Romeos of the worst kind, intelligent enough to No big moral panic here on the kids’ media front, as the chat I’ve seen so far is less teen talk, and more along the lines of naive ‘porndogs’ sniffin’ out a fresh trail in the lonely hearts club…then again, these days, I suppose that could be an 11 year old, so heads up all around I guess…Not sure how this specific flirt bot works or which type of chat is most vulnerable, but security vendor It’s no wonder we get reticent about so much “social sharing” trying to figure out the impact of ‘Google Buzz vs.
Google Wave’ on privacy, all the tracking of keystrokes, serving of ads, behavioral targeting and location-based privacy issues…
More and more I feel like that old ad campaign Or in this case, is it a buddy or is it a bot?
Makes me wanna leave all the bots and bods behind and go swing in a tropical hammock in Roatan where I can’t get a stable wireless signal to save myself…heh.
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It took less than 24 hours for Twitter to corrupt an innocent AI chatbot.
Update March 24th, AM ET: Updated to include Microsoft's statement.