Last week there was news of a chatbot developed to ferret out suspected sexual predators of underaged victims.
The chatbot, called Negobot, was developed by Carlos Laorden and other academics from the University of Deusto in Bilboa, Spain.
And Tay started repeating these sentiments back to users and in the process turning into one hatred filled robot.
Anticipating the other side of the conversation is not a new communication problem.
Tay was an Microsoft experiment in “conversational understanding.” The more you chat with Tay, said Microsoft, the smarter it gets, learning to engage people through “casual and playful conversation.” However, Twitter can turn even the most eloquent of diplomats into zombies and the same happened to Tay.
Soon after Tay launched, Twitter users starting tweeting the bot with all sorts of misogynistic, racist, and Donald Trumpian remarks.
Besides, there's just so much we want to ask him: "Where do you buy your furniture?
Facebook has shut down a controversial chatbot experiment that saw two AIs develop their own language to communicate.
Not only does Negobot use natural language processing and machine learning, but it also leverages aspects of game theory to achieve its goal of inferring if someone has a high probability of being a sexual predator.Between humans, communication is incredibly faulty. Our participation in conversations means not just listening to words and parsing them, but subconsciously listening to dozens of other factors—how a person sounds, what they look like, their body language, where you both are.The semiotics of conversation are complex, even before you get to the content—and even then, the content has layers: the topic of conversation, the goal you’re trying to get to, how you feel about all of it.A software development company will likely have an entirely different set of common employee questions than a residential real estate firm.The former will have a number of questions about file access, version control, and (to indulge a stereotype) ping pong tournaments.Negobot uses an AIML structure based on the Galaia Project to find appropriate responses to questions.