Microsoft’s Twitter chatbot, @TayandYou, only lasted day on the platform before the account was shut down. The AI is supposed to be modeled after a teenage girl (Taylor Swift-loving and self-conscious) but after one day of being exposed to the open, global internet was transformed into a racist, sexist, incestual, sexually aggressive bot.
The cultural difference when looking at a similar Microsoft AI bot in China, where the system has been operating for two years without having turned into a raging nut case, are fascinating – the bot refrains from becoming a monster.
Tay was such a terror that it almost slipped my mind: my brother Ben and I wrote an article comparing how cyberlaws in the US and EU would deal with robot jerks – specifically robot liars. Check it out here.