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The TAY bot

TAY (acronym from Thinking About You) was a Twitter bot created by Microsoft Corporation via Twitter on March 23, 2016, with the purpose of researching conversational understanding. It caused subsequent controversy when the bot began posting inflammatory and offensive tweets through its Twitter account, forcing Microsoft to shut it down only 16 hours after its launch.

From the Creators

"Tay is an artificial intelligent chat bot developed by Microsoft's Technology and Research and Bing teams to experiment with and conduct research on conversational understanding. Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful conversation. The more you chat with Tay the smarter she gets, so the experience can be more personalized for you. Tay is targeted at 18 to 24 year old in the US. Tay may use the data that you provide to search on your behalf. Tay may also use information you share with her to create a simple profile to personalize your experience. Data and conversations you provide to Tay are anonymized and may be retained for up to one year to help improve the service." From the archives of www.tay.ai

A She?

Siri was released in 2011, Alexa in 2014, TAY in 2016, UNESCO provided an analysis of the "I'd blush if I could" detrimental implementations of gendering of AI.


Who is to blame?

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