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Microsoft Tay was a well-intentioned entry into the burgeoning field of AI chatbots. However, Tay ended up being a product of its environment, transforming seemingly overnight into a racist, hate-filled and sex-crazed chatbot that caused an embarrassing PR nightmare for Microsoft. The AI wunderkinds in Redmond, Washington hoped to right the wrongs of Tay with its new Zo chatbot, and for a time, it appeared that it was successfully avoiding parroting the offensive speech of its deceased sibling. However, as one publication has discovered, the seeds of hate run deep when it comes to Microsoft’s AI. According to BuzzFeed, Microsoft programmed Zo to avoid delving into topics that could be potential... Read more...
Microsoft has been investing in artificial intelligence for over two decades now. Those investments have led to technologies such as Cortana, the digital assistant that helps navigate Windows, and Microsoft Translator, which uses the company's new intelligent language and speech recognition capability to translate between groups speaking in multiple languages in-person and in real-time. It's also led to Zo, Microsoft's new social chatbot. Zo uses conversational AI, which Microsoft says is comprised of two distinct sides—the task-completion side or productivity side and the emotional side. From Microsoft's vantage point, both are needed to truly tap into the full potential of AI. The latter is... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft is looking to delve back in to the artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot scene with a follow-up to the ill-fated Tay. After some rather raucous behavior that eventually earned Tay a permanent stint in rehab, Zo is emerging as its true successor. Zo is the latest generation of Microsoft’s AI chatbot, and it is currently available in preview form for those that use the Kik messenger platform. Kik isn’t are popular as Facebook Messenger and Snapchat, and it definitely isn’t as pervasive as Twitter (which allowed Tay to become a hate-filled PR nightmare for Microsoft). Perhaps Kik’s smaller audience (240 million users versus over a billion for a service like Facebook Messenger)... Read more...