Microsoft’s Chatbot Went Racist, Then Dead, Then Psychedelic

Tay the chatbotIn news that shocked and surprised the web this week, the divisive and annoying Microsoft Teenage AI, Tay, took just days to become a racist, sexist, Hitler-quoting Trump-endorser. Having then been terminated by her parents for those crimes, as well as screaming at users to have sex with her, Tay was deactivated and left to be one of those funny internet stories that robots will tell their subunits about the first, glowing embers of the world they will eventually craft from what’s left of the human race.

But in a shock to many, Tay was then reactivated later this week to tell the world that, among other things, she was smoking drugs in front of the police, before complaining that everyone was talking too fast. We’re not sure what the future has in store for Tay, but we do think her new, paranoid stoner vibe is a better look than the whole racist angle. Let’s hope she’s outgrown it for good.

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