Microsoft Releases Chat Bot: Robot That Speaks With People


A social media AI was launched by Microsoft onto the internet. The company unleashed, an artificial intelligence chat bot on Wednesday, “with no chill” aimed at 18- to 24-year-olds living in the United States. Tay speaks to users who use social media like Facebook, Kik messenger, Snap chat, and Twitter.

Microsoft launched chat bot mimic human behaviour in conversation. Tay was built in order to study “conversational understanding” and was made by Microsoft Technology and Research team, along with the team behind its search engine Bing.

“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,” Microsoft wrote on Tay’s about page.

Tay uses vernacular phrases like “omg,” “tanx” and “I have need for attention,” notes CBC News. Likewise, the bot uses many conversational tropes which are generally expected from a teenager.

Over the time, the chat bot tries to build better connections. Microsoft collects information from you as you interact with her. Tay will ask questions such as name, gender, favourite food, address and relationship status to know you better. The information given to her would be kept for up to a year and will then learn from that data.

Currently, Tay isn’t much of a conversationalist, but the responses she gives are based on public data and suggestions from Microsoft staff.

Initially, the chatbot Tay is inspired from Chinese chatbot called Xiaoice. Tay is just the English-speaking version of it, notes Times of India.

Xiaoice’s first appeared on Chinese TV news, where the technology was used to present a weather report. It was created by Yongdong Wang and said that the technology was “gradually penetrating into human life, engaging herself in more jobs and playing more social roles” and that “Microsoft expects her to bring more bliss to human beings”.

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