Microsoft creates AI bot that spams Twitter with Overt Racism

drmike

100% Tier-1 Gogent
Craziest mess I've seen in many years.


Microsoft released a Tweeting bot the public could interact with. Allegedly an AI project.  Quickly the bot went to insulting Mexicans, Jews and blacks.


MS blames it on troublemakers finding exploits in the bot.  


Me I think the creators of the bot are sociopaths and the machine learning and code is bias from their own deficiencies.


http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-deletes-racist-genocidal-tweets-from-ai-chatbot-tay-2016-3?r=UK&IR=T


Or as RT said succinctly:


Microsoft’s new AI chatbot @TayandYou censored after turning into hardcore anti feminist nazi in <24 hrs http://on.rt.com/782o


Microsoft is doing their usual dog and pony show to clean up the mess and neuter Tay, taking the tongue from it's mouth and indoctrinating Tay with some 'reschooling'.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Geek

Technolojesus
Verified Provider
3 hours ago, k0nsl said:



I found the whole affair rather comical.




.Green Power?  Kermit the Klan?  What the fuck?


@k0nsl, you so craaaazy!  :D :D   Life is so much more interesting when you let a little bit of everyone in as a part of it.  
It just is.  


** I just realized ... I moved into a larger office a few weeks ago, more windows, the screen to my left, a Donald Trump article.  The screen to my right?   Well, yeah, A couple people probably think I'm a tool now.  Thank goodness for early mornings where I can blame lack of coffee...
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Geek

Technolojesus
Verified Provider

Welcome to Portland. Here's your pre-completed voting forms. Just sign here.  No no, blood is preferred.
Now here, enjoy our world renowned Voodoo Doughnuts and shut the hell up.


 
Last edited by a moderator:

HN-Matt

New Member
Verified Provider
No offense, but if you think a circa 2016 'Twitter chatbot scandal' constitutes 'the discussion' to begin with... I mean, what's next? 4chan Posts A Bad Thing?

Anyway, #praying4RedScareBot.
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • Like
Reactions: fm7

HN-Matt

New Member
Verified Provider

Welcome to Portland. Here's your pre-completed voting forms. Just sign here.  No no, blood is preferred.
Now here, enjoy our world renowned Voodoo Doughnuts and shut the hell up.
*Augmented Terminator Vision homes in on hostile Double Bubble package*
 

HN-Matt

New Member
Verified Provider
So... has anyone managed to read overt racism into the decisions of HFT algorithms yet?
 

k0nsl

Bad Goy
Here are some of the tweets, but yeah, there's a ton of tweets missing from this 'archive'. At any rate, at least the images in that link hasn't been censored. These same newspapers have few qualms about showing blown up people and similar gory content, but heavens forbid, don't show me no frogs draped in KKK gowns, etc,. If they find these sort of things so offensive they could easily put a disclaimer / trigger warning on such articles and let real men and women decide if they want to read it or not. I sometimes wonder what these folks would do if suddenly the Earth was taken back to how we used to live in the Stone Age. They wouldn't survive a day.


PS:


I found this article to be a good read on the subject. You might too.

What I find scary is that we cannot discuss it properly because MS has deleted tweets, and people will not quote the most offensive tweets. The best I could find was http://uk.businessinsider.com/microsoft-deletes-racist-genocidal-tweets-from-ai-chatbot-tay-2016-3 and even that has partially deleted the most offensive words. Redacting what we are discussing does not help the discussion.
 
  • Like
Reactions: fm7

HN-Matt

New Member
Verified Provider
What I find scary is that we cannot discuss it properly because MS has deleted tweets, and people will not quote the most offensive tweets.
Some fragments from /pol/ https://archive.is/ckcY1 (didn't read, possibly NSFW)
 

Craziest mess I've seen in many years.


[...]


Me I think the creators of the bot are sociopaths and the machine learning and code is bias from their own deficiencies.
No it isn't. Comes off as Just Another Confused Clickbait Non-event, really. Basically a series of Twitter personas made ~taboo~ tweets at 'an AI' in hopes of generating predictably absurd output, and when it responded generically or by varying degree of non sequitor or without conscious intent... that makes 'it' racist?

I have no defense of Microsoft's motives either, but at the same time it seems hilarious that the media is trying to scapegoat an AI for what seemingly 'occurs regularly' on the internet without it anyway.

Also amusing that some of the superficial correlations the bot made may have been no less stupid, in terms of methodology and technique, than a lot of what passes for Analysis today (i.e. 'data surfacing' and so on). As if the bot was unintentionally parodying the Annals of so-called Sentient Analysis.
 

And... this is why we can't have nice things.


:V
The world will not know peace until Poe's Law and Apophenia get married become friends produce a rigorous metacritique of their own 'conscious' selection biases are sacrificed on the altar of Internet Rorschach tests, ad nauseam.
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • Like
Reactions: fm7

fm7

Active Member
Comes off as Just Another Confused Clickbait Non-event


...

Also amusing that some of the superficial correlations the bot made may have been no less stupid, in terms of methodology and technique, than a lot of what passes for Analysis today (i.e. 'data surfacing' and so on). As if the bot was unintentionally parodying the Annals of so-called Sentiment Analysis.
Perfect. I couldn't have put it better myself.
 

HN-Matt

New Member
Verified Provider
Sentiment Analysis? I guess that sorta works too. Sentient shmentient.

One more: http://archive.is/bCT2q

An artificial intelligence (AI) expert has explained what went wrong with Microsoft's new AI chat bot on Wednesday, suggesting that it could have been programmed to blacklist certain words and phrases.
[INSERT much like in web hosting amirite, etc.]
 

I found this article to be a good read on the subject. You might too.

For many, there is a sense of sadness that Microsoft has sent this quirky AI off to an Orwellian reeducation center, but I knew immediately she wasn’t going to last. She violated the Terms of Service. Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.
Christ, amazing the Twitter Trust & Safety Council didn't get to her first.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

HN-Matt

New Member
Verified Provider
In other news, all HitLeap accounts are precisely Hitler. Just erase the "p" and decouple the lil "c" from the "a", then rotate it...
 

HN-Matt

New Member
Verified Provider
This could make for a great RPG or Choose Your Own Adventure scenario.
 

Suddenly you encounter an arbitrarily named 'Twitter AI' produced by Microsoft.

a) Ignore it and carry on with your day.
b) Send a polite tweet.
c) Engage in bizarro collective variation of the Ludovico technique against the bot's abhorrent tabula rasa.
d) Gaze stolidly at your monitor for a while, then drift off into ruminations on the meaning of the observer effect.
 
Top