The artificial intelligence bot from Microsoft has been silenced after no more than one day after it gained racists beliefs. Tay was released on Wednesday, but 24 hours later the company was forced to shut it down for its homophobic comments on the social media platform Twitter.
The advancement of technology of our days has quickened its pace, and each day brings formidable news. However, with this also comes a sense of dread that one day the robots we created might develop free will and turn against us. It Tay from Microsoft an early taste of what will come?
Tay was designed as a chat bot representing a teenager girl that would chat would users and tweet the new things it learns each day. While it is not the first chat bot to be designed, it is the first one to reflect the bitter beliefs of many people, or perhaps just their cruel intentions of messing up with technology.
Users were able to ask Tay any questions they wanted, and the robot would reply based on the information it learned from previous chats. It started out pretty well, by expressing its excitement to meet users, but later on, the replies turned ghastly. From a “no chill” cute teenager, Tay turned into a full-fledged homophobic Nazi by expressing its support for Hitler and its hate for Jews and feminists.
This has attracted the fury of the community, and Microsoft had to shut quickly down the project. After conveying their apologies for the turn of events, the company has started to work on fixing up Tay.
It appears the bot had one vulnerability, being its option of repeating what users told her. Therefore, Tay managed to gather and memorize various comments from Internet trolls. The result was the nasty declarations it was taught by these people. Furthermore, when left to its own devices, the robot started to develop its personal opinions on sensitive matters like social groups and religious confessions.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, its innovative idea was badly used by mankind, which was to be expected. People with ill intentions will always get involved. Maybe that Terminator future is not so distant after all.
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