It is of critical importance that bots do not abuse humans even if it's learned behavior that's a result of what the human has been feeding the bot. Requests from users to end communication should have a built in protocol to end the chat, preventing the bot from harassing or spamming a user. Language filters should be applied for any bots utilizing machine learning algorithms. There have been a few instances over the last year where some bots went rogue after being subverted by online trolls and began tweeting racist propaganda. The privacy and protection of user data is paramount in today's interconnected world. The launch of the General Data Protection Regulation protecting citizens of the European Union is a reflection of this. When building a bot, developers should consider the ethics of user privacy.
When Tay started its short digital life on March 23, it just wanted to gab and make some new friends on the net. The chatbot, which was created by Microsoft's Research department, greeted the day with an excited tweet that could have come from any teen: "hellooooooo w rld!!!" Within a few hours, though, Tay's optimistic, positive tone had changed. "Hitler was right I hate the jews," it declared in a stream of racist tweets bashing feminism and promoting genocide. Concerned about their bot's rapid radicalization, Tay's creators shut it down after less than 24 hours of existence. Microsoft had unwittingly lowered their burgeoning artificial intelligence into -- to use the parlance of the very people who corrupted her -- a virtual dumpster fire.
It did, however, identify other Nazi leaders like Joseph Mengele and Joseph Goebbels. Microsoft (MSFT) released CaptionBot a few weeks after its disastrous social experiment with Tay, an automated chat program designed to talk like a teen. Related: Microsoft'deeply sorry' for chat bot's racist tweets In addition to ignoring pictures of Hitler, CaptionBot also seemed to refuse to identify people like Osama bin Laden. Generally speaking, bots are software programs designed to hold conversations with people about data-driven tasks, such as managing schedules or retrieving data and information.
Earlier this week, Microsoft released an artificial intelligence named Tay, who ran through an official Twitter Account, @Tayandyou. In a CNN Money Article by Hope King titled "After racist tweets, Microsoft muzzles teen chat bot Tay," a comment was made by Microsoft on the incident. Because of the troll's actions, Tay was left spouting obscenities, whether it be attacking the Black Lives Matter Movement, or praising the works of Adolf Hitler. Through this poor example, the public has witnessed the actions of a poorly made AI who was spouting racist tweets left and right before Microsoft ended up pulling the plug.
In 2013, he created wordfilter, an open source blacklist of slurs. Because Two Headlines swaps subjects in headlines, sometimes it would swap a female subject and a male subject, resulting in tweets like "Bruce Willis Looks Stunning in Her Red Carpet Dress." Parker Higgins tends to make "iterator bots," bots that go through a collection (such as the New York Public Library public domain collection) and broadcast its contents bit by bit. Recently, Higgins hoped to make an iterator bot out of turn-of-the-century popular music that had been digitized by the New York Public Library.
But, after a short period of interacting with Twitter users, Tay began to spit out some of the most obscene statements known to man. From praising Hitler and disputing the existence of the holocaust, to advocating genocide and calling Black people the'N word,' Tay was completely out of control. The truth of the matter is that many Twitter users are jerks and thus programmed Tay to be a jerk. And, it looks like within the time it took to write this article, Microsoft has deleted all of Tay's tweets, giving her a fresh new start.
Microsoft has created a new chat bot to "learn" from the internet… but she picked up a lot of bad habits. The tech company announced the launch of Tay this week, an artificial intelligence bot that is learning to talk like millennials by analysing conversations on Twitter, Facebook and the internet. The company's optimistic techies explained: "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.
Microsoft's Tay AI bot was intended to charm the internet with cute millennial jokes and memes. Just hours after Tay started talking to people on Twitter -- and, as Microsoft explained, learning from those conversations -- the bot started to speak like a bad 4chan thread. Coke's #MakeitHappy campaign wanted to show how a soft drink brand can make the world a happier place. He did this by feeding the AI the entire Urban Dictionary, which basically meant that Watson learned a ton of really creative swear words and offensive slurs.
Microsoft has apologised after it launched an artificial intelligence bot this week, which turned out to be racist, homophobic, Holocaust denying Donald Trump supporter. The tech company announced the launch of Tay this week, an artificial intelligence bot that is learning to talk like millennials by analysing conversations on Twitter, Facebook and the internet. The company's optimistic techies explained: "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. After Tay took aim at feminism, praised Donald Trump's idea to build a wall at the Mexican border and denied that the Holocaust took place, she was shut down by Microsoft.
But because I work with bots, primarily testing and designing software to let people set up bots and parse language, and I follow bot creators/advocates such as Allison Parrish, Darius Kazemi and Thrice Dotted, I was excited and then horrifically disappointed with Tay. If we are going to make things people use, people touch, and people actually talk to, then we need to, as bot creators and AI enthusiasts, talk about codes of conduct and how AIs should respond to racism, especially if companies are rolling out these products, and especially if they are doin' it for funsies. Conversational structure and responses within machine learning algorithms is design, and Tay was flawed design. With the future of chat and AI, designers and engineers have to start thinking about codes of conduct and how accidentally abusive an AI can be, and start designing conversations with that in mind.