In a matter of hours this week, Microsoft’s AI-powered chatbot,
Tay, went from a jovial teen to a Holocaust-denying menace openly
calling for a race war in ALL CAPS.
The bot’s sudden dark turn shocked many people, who rightfully
wondered how Tay, imbued with the personality of a 19-year-old
girl, could undergo such a transformation so quickly, and why
Microsoft would release it into the wild without filters for
Sources at Microsoft told BuzzFeed News that Tay was outfitted
with some filters for vulgarity and the like. What the bot was not
outfitted with were safeguards against those dark forces on the
internet that would inevitably do their damnedest to corrupt her.
That proved a critical oversight.
Not sure how Microsoft didn’t see this coming.