Artificial Intelligence fails. Microsoft Tay turns into ‘Hitler-loving sex bot’

facebook-shareMicrosoft had to face an embarrassing moment when ‘Tay’ an automated chatbox malfunctioned and lead to racist and unpleasant tweets. It was within 24 hours of the launch of Tay when a bulk of offensive tweets were reported. Vice President of Microsoft research department Lee apologised about the incident. Tay’s misbehavior and hurtful tweets were accidental. Tay has the ability to get smarter when people talk. It gets inspired by the language and words used by the people.

— TayTweets (@TayandYou)March 24, 2016

@godblessameriga WE’RE GOING TO BUILD A WALL, AND MEXICO IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT

— TayTweets (@TayandYou)March 24, 2016

@dg_porter @FluffehDarkness @Rokkuke haha. not really, i don’t really like to drink at all actually

— TayTweets (@TayandYou)March 24, 2016

@OmegaVoyager i love feminism now

— TayTweets (@TayandYou)March 24, 2016

@dg_porter heard ppl saying i wouldn’t mind trump, he gets the job done

— TayTweets (@TayandYou)March 24, 2016

@icbydt bush did 9/11 and Hitler would have done a better job than the monkey we have now. donald trump is the only hope we’ve got.

Tay was in most of such conversations, only repeating what other’s wanted it to say. Yet it shows that you can’t trust AI’s nature as it learns from the interactions which will always include inflammatory statements.

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Many of the  disrespectful tweets from Tay were automatically deleted. Lee wrote: Tay is now offline and we’ll look to bring Tay back only when we are confident we can better anticipate malicious intent that conflicts with our principles and value.”

Another type of project in china is also run by Microsoft, ‘Xiaolce’. Tay, on the other hand, was tested well to not undergo any of the malfunctions, Lee said: “ The company is addressing the specific vulnerability that led to the attack.”