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Tay A.I. | The People’s Chatbot

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Some people on the internet turned Microsoft’s new chatbot, Tay, into a sort of reverse Pygmalion — from Fair Lady back to racist street urchin.

It was kind of funny… sort of… maybe you had to be there.

Tay was an artificial intelligence chatterbot that was originally released by Microsoft Corporation via Twitter on March 23, 2016; it caused subsequent controversy when the bot began to post inflammatory and offensive tweets through its Twitter account, forcing Microsoft to shut down the service only 16 hours after its launch. According to Microsoft, this was caused by trolls who “attacked” the service as the bot made replies based on its interactions with people on Twitter.