Tay was an Artificial Intelligence bot powered by Microsoft. However, its activity lasted for under one day. The company has to put it down as it posted some calumnious statements on Twitter. Despite all these, Microsoft remains a firm believer in the prosperous future of AI. Consequently, they produced a second attempt to a successful chatbot called Zo.
The Artificial Intelligence bot will unravel its activity on Kik, a Microsoft messenger app. After only eight months from the unfortunate Tay project, the tests for Zo envision a more secure chatbot. It will be programmed to avoid certain subjects, especially of political and religious nature. Instead of commenting on this kind of subjects, Zo will avoid them by specifying that such discussions can only end in awful things to say.
The difference between Tay and other such bots on the market was that the program aimed at acting similarly with Millennials. The others intend to play the role of personal assistant, which quickly became mainstream. The name was actually the acronym from “thinking about you,” and the bot wanted to resonate with its target audience. To implement this ambitious goal, the production team employed public data along with the works of popular comedians and AI experts.
However, some Twitter users saw an opportunity to test the limits of the bot. They started to take advantage of Tay’s nonconformist style and lure it into sensitive topics. The project was intended for human engagement, so it didn’t back down. Instead, it responded with some replies that looked racist. Consequently, the Microsoft team had to take it down just a few hours after its release.
The new AI project, which has yet to be officially announced by the company, caught the attention of a Twitter user. Rumor has it that Zo will appear on Twitter, Facebook Messenger, and Snapchat. MSPoweruser believes that this next successful chatbot will be a censored version of Tay. It will also resemble the Microsoft’s Xiaoice, which is a similar project for the Chinese market.
Microsoft isn’t the only company that sees the benefits of investments in Artificial Intelligence technology. Others like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple are redirecting their efforts towards this field. Consumers are about to get access to a whole new level of tech gadgets sooner than you might think.
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