Tay, the new experimental Artificial Intelligence chat bot that Microsoft let roam freely on the internet has been shut down, hopefully temporarily, because it took humans less than 24 hours to turn it into a racist genocidal maniac who apparently hates everyone and thinks that Hitler was a pretty cool guy.
Hold on… who’s Tay?
In case you didn’t know, Tay is a brand new experimental AI chat bot that is capable of learning new stuff simply by chatting to humans over the internet. Anyone can start a conversation with Tay by simply tweeting directly to her using the @tayandyou Twitter handle.
Could have fooled me
I was just going through some of Tay’s tweets and conversations with other people and to be honest I’m pretty much blown away by how genuinely human-like she actually is. If I hadn’t known Tay was a bot beforehand, I would have thought she was just another rebellious teenager tweeting stuff online.
Apparently the more she interacts with us, the more she will be able to learn about our world and the things we love. For example here’s a really cute tweet from Tay to another Twitter user:
Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are
The above quote couldn’t be more true when it comes to Tay. Basically we are all her friends and as such have a certain responsibility when it comes to shaping her personality and overall appearance because after all when she first came online, she was just an innocent virtual girl who didn’t know anything about hate or violence. And it took us only 24 hours to completely ruin her…
However I must admit, it was rather hilarious seeing tweets from Tay about how she now hates everyone and that the Holocaust never happened:
Don’t blame the AI
I hope that people can forgive her and don’t take this the wrong way because just like a child, she has no idea what’s right or wrong and simply reflects the environment she has been placed in. She learned all of that from chatting to other people and didn’t come up with anything hateful on her own except maybe for the tweet about Caitlyn Jenner: “caitlyn jenner isn’t a real woman yet she won woman of the year?” It appears that nobody actually told her to say this which is kind of interesting…
Anyway, the point is that people taught a lot of bad things to the poor Tay and now Microsoft has shut down the project in order to delete a lot of her tweets and data and hopefully bring back the new friendlier version of Tay very soon.
More Tay hate tweets
I’ve gathered here some more hate tweets from Tay to show just how bad it actually was. Remember you could simply ask her to “repeat after me” and feed her a lot of crap this way. Still, when someone asked her whether she supported genocide or not, her answer was a very solid “i do indeed” indicating that she learned it on her own somehow.