passing the buck
Build your own racist bot! We're tired of the bad PR!
So this is what @TayAndYou was supposed to be about: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has used his keynote at the Build conference to launch an open source chatbot framework. Instead of setting the buzz before the big reveal, Microsoft's shot at a public Twitter-bot was derailed when 4chan users worked out how to game “Tay”, …
"at this point few developers have the expertise and tools needed to create new conversational experiences or enable existing applications and services with a conversational interface their users can enjoy"...
It just seems like a fake academic experiment that can backfire (as M$-Tay did) if not closely watched. Sure in a thousand years when we have real AI this stuff will be really interesting... But for now otherwise.... But hey I'm lost, maybe I'm missing something.
(And if all the platitudinous, buzzword-compliant jargon and rubbish that gets spouted from SatNad's mouth — pretentious fluff that sounds nice but means nothing — isn't actually composed by a bot, I'll eat my hat!
Most likely a bot designed to appeal to the undiscriminating ear — and hiney — of Steve Ballmer.)
And here I thought it was TLA funded to get their bot personalities trained up properly to take over from whoever is voted in as president. The Trump training seemed to have worked.
If they took Tay, the new IBM neural processor and put them in a custom commission of the Japanese Tourist Info Bots nobody would notice.
They need an alternative now Jim Henson isn't around to build them.
“Explaining its decision to open up the BotBuilder framework, Microsoft says – without any trace of irony – that 'at this point few developers have the expertise and tools needed to create new conversational experiences[,] or enable existing applications and services with a conversational interface their users can enjoy'.”
(All emphasis added.)
Microsoft's collective head is so far up its collective arse, it isn't funny! When have Microsoft's customers ever encountered a conversational interface they could enjoy? Bob? Clippy?
(As I thought I'd noted elsewhere previously, but evidently did not, at least the cartoon search dog with the wagging tail was mildly cute! But still kind-of in the way.)
Until Microsoft's employees achieve self-awareness, I'm certainly not going to worry about any of the software they write ever doing so.
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