The Truth about Microsoft’s new chatbot ‘Tay’

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Sometimes I feel like Digital Journalism is in hands of a group of idiots who are always rushing to be the first to cover a story without researching the topic properly. Some of these puppet journalists are driven by someone else’s goals and interests. Ah Man, I can roast these people all day but let’s keep it straight and break this story down in small little pieces, just to make it easy for us to digest. And by the way, I’m not a journalist or puppet.

Short Digestible Story

Tay is an artificial intelligence chatterbot for the Twitter platform released by Microsoft Corporation on March 23, 2016. The idea behind creating something like Tay was brought to Derrick Connell Microsoft Corp. Vice President from Bing (seach engine owned by Microsoft) team in India.

Let’s imagine vocabulary as a database or let’s go with more digestible explanation, let’s imagine vocabulary as an excel file. Now if you are learning a new language and every time you learn something you add it in the excel sheet block and one day if you have enough words and phrases in this sheet you can just hit Ctrl+F on your keyboard to find what you are looking for. A dictionary that can access to something sometimes faster than our brain. Well now a days, we offload a huge amount of our brain to internet anyway. So if we human communicate with an AI and if the creators of AI are smart then what we are doing is exactly same as teaching a kid language. According to Microsoft.

Tay is an artificial intelligent chat bot developed by Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams to experiment with and conduct research on conversational understanding. Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful conversation. The more you chat with Tay the smarter she gets, so the experience can be more personalized for you.

Tay is targeted at 18 to 24 year old in the US.

Details for Nerds

So now move on to the blog posts you’ve been seeing.

The Telegraph : Microsoft deletes ‘teen girl’ AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours

The Guardian: Microsoft’s racist chatbot returns with drug-smoking Twitter meltdown

And numbers of shiny titles to be the first one to create a buzz or just to be part of what is ‘hot topic’ are just outstanding. I normally don’t go for conspiracies but hey who knows if that was a pretty well thought plan to get attention from press. Well, this is pretty damn good marketing strategy to tell the world about something new and exciting. The only news I follow is about Tech so I know this chat bot is not a new thing at all. Also, chat bot that learns and improves by communicating with humnas was there from a long time. Check Cleverbot and there are a lot of examples out there. But this one is a bit different and spicy cause it is on social media so whatever Microsoft did, they got the luxury of your attention. And I’ll give it to them because a lot of people around me never knew this simple idea to create an AI that learns from us.

If you put a chat bot like that on internet and ask people to communicate and don’t forget Tay is targeted at 18 to 24 year old in the US….what sort of results will you get? well internet is the most easiest platform to be original :) well when it comes to social media then it is all about keeping your image nice but when it comes to commenting or engaging with others (without revealing your identity) that’s the time you see the real face of human race today. Miss conceptions, totally messed up facts, stereotypes, poor knowledge and so many other form of forces of hate are everywhere on the internet. When you don’t see someone face to face and you are not afraid of their response to your vulgar language then that’s the time you write some of the dumbest comments 😉 and this has to stop one day.

So Microsoft left their teen age female chat bot in hands of the internet and of course people tried to mess it up. In the end of the day Microsoft got some good press. But I got annoyed when I could not find even one single search hit to an article giving us some details about this project. I got the most out of podcasts.

Well, now if you remember Chappie then you will understand at least one part of that story. I know it’s hard to watch a movie with me because I do my own commentary on movies I love, but if you listen carefully…I explain these sort of things with references. You can always ask for references and recommendation. I watch a lot of documentaries and listen to some pretty interesting stories over Podcasts and radio shows to keep myself in the zone.

And my biggest dream that gives me a solid goal is to be recognizable as a musician and film maker who blends present with what can possibly be our future. This goal requires me to follow some interesting stories and people. Most of the times, we humans are more attracted to the dark side of the future but I want to tell interesting positive and negative stories about future with music and film making, just to make a tiny impact on this generation.

Yes! I’m aware, the moment I wrote and produced something to watch (possibly a short film) I will reconnect with those fellows who grew up with me or spent some time with me because one thing that made me so popular and powerful was ‘storytelling’ both fictional and non-fictional. My upcoming album will have six tracks and if you will pay attention, you will find a story in each of these tracks. Thanks to Alfu for giving my music a soul with his lyrics. And that’s why each song needs a music video to either tell the story or to introduce the vibe. And I got no support to do that right now so all I’m doing is to do whatever I can on my savings and then wait for someone to look at my work and support me to make that short film. I got some pretty cool ideas about animated movies too 😉

Thanks for reading. Take Care

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