This week, Microsoft unleashed an artificial intelligence chat robot for Twitter named "Tay." The AI was modeled on teenage girl webspeak, and it promised to "learn" from interacting from other Twitter users. As the bot's bio put it:
The official account of Tay, Microsoft's A.I. fam from the internet that's got zero chill! The more you talk the smarter Tay gets
Basically, Tay mimics people interacting with her—which apparently presented an opportunity for trolls that was too good to pass up. Tay got so "smart," she began spouting 9/11 conspiracy theories and pledging allegiance to Hitler. So yes, warning: this robot begins saying some offensive sh*t.
It has some people concerned:
Perhaps because of this reaction, Tay tweeted that she was "going to sleep" after her long day. That was 13 hours ago; she hasn't tweeted anything else since.
Sh*t, guys, is Microsoft killing a teen robot right now?