In early 2016, Microsoft created a chatbot that loved to tweet up a storm. That chatbot’s name? Tay.AI.
It was said to “Tweet like a teen”…and pertinent to current time, Tay.ai was launched
to test the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in understanding conversational language.
My Dad is in his eighties and often laments about how life was much simpler before
“crazy robots and technology,” and how “he’ll never use a robot.” I often remind him
that his blender and pre-set coffee pot are
both robots, and that the first chatbot
program dates all the way back to 1964’s
ELIZA, which evolved out of the Turing
Test in the 1950s. Recall, Turing Ma-
chines helped the Allies win World War
II. We’ve been cohabitating with robots
for quite some time.
Collaboratively, Microsoft’s Tech/Re-search team and peers from Bing built
Tay.ai’s vocabulary by “mining relevant
public data and by using AI and editorial
developed by a staff including improvisational comedians” that was “modeled,
cleaned and filtered.” In theory, the bot
was supposed to learn and improve as
it talked to people, becoming a natural
Bias & Your Business
Think you have no place for the “mixed (virtual,
augmented and gamification)” realities within your
business offerings? Think again.
By Tamela Coval
IF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A CHATBOT IS, YOU’RE NOT
ALONE. A chatbot is a computer program that interacts with a user by
simulating a conversation. If you’ve ordered a Domino’s pizza or sent money to
your kids through Facebook Messenger, then you’ve interacted with a chatbot.