Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft's AI chatbot, Tay, is becoming quite the internet sensation. Unfortunately, it's not for the reasons that Microsoft wanted. The very same day that she was brought online, she was taken down. Or, according to her final tweet of the day, she was just going to sleep. She was woken back up early today, only to be shut back down.

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Microsoft apologizes, explains Tay chat AI’s deviant behavior

Microsoft apologizes, explains Tay chat AI’s deviant behavior

Tay isn't the first chatbot in history but it became the most prominent because of its ties with Microsoft. Then it became one of the most notorious chatbot in less than 24 hours after it switched from well-meaning teen to offensive, pro-Nazi, anti-feminist rebel. Naturally, Microsoft shut it down, "putting it to sleep", so to speak. Now the company has come out with a statement clarifying that Tay's words do not reflect the company's principles and values at all. They do own up to the "slight" oversight in protecting Tay from attacks.

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Microsoft’s AI bot turns racist, gets shut down

Microsoft’s AI bot turns racist, gets shut down

When a child reaches an age where they are able to read, the worst thing you can do is set them loose on social media, and encourage them to talk to as many strangers as possible. They're probably going to pick up some choice new phrases, and some warped viewpoints. Unfortunately Microsoft didn't account for this sort of thing when they sent out their AI teen, Tay into the wild.

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Microsoft’s AI is a teen named Tay that wants to assimilate your Twitter feed

Microsoft’s AI is a teen named Tay that wants to assimilate your Twitter feed

We've seen countless movies and read plenty of books on what the possibilities of artificial intelligence could be. Such a creation could help foster the future of mankind, and take it to new heights. It could also end up using time travel to attempt to destroy us. But for now, it's just here to tweet like a teenager, for funsies.

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Microsoft’s Project AIX uses Minecraft for AI research

Microsoft’s Project AIX uses Minecraft for AI research

Games and artificial intelligence have always gone hand in hand. AI has permeated all kinds of non-trivial games, even going as far back as the original Pac-man arcade game. Now, computer scientists are turning the tables around, sort of. More and more researchers are actually using games to fuel and aid artificial intelligence research, most of the time by beating the game. But Project AIX from Microsoft Research is doing something different with Minecraft. It is using the open, world building game to let an AI learn how to climb a mountain. Without falling into a pool of lava.

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Google AlphaGo AI loses 4th match against champion, still winning 3-1

Google AlphaGo AI loses 4th match against champion, still winning 3-1

AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence from Google's DeepMind project, has finally had its winning streak against Go world champion Lee Sedol broken. While the AI won its third straight game against Lee yesterday, leaving the player disappointed and prompting an apology for not meeting expectations, 18-time world champion racked up a victory today, marking his first win against the machine out of five total matches.

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Humans: 0, Machines: 1: AlphaGo beats Go champ in 1st round

Humans: 0, Machines: 1: AlphaGo beats Go champ in 1st round

Some might see it as tempting fate. Others, simply a scientific exercise. But for world Go champion Lee Sedol, it's also perhaps a fight for pride. Sadly, in at least the first of five rounds, Sedol will have to swallow that pride a bit as he concedes victory, not to a new prodigy. Today's Go victory goes to science, artificial intelligence, and, to some extent, Google. Yes, AlphaGo, DeepMind's ultra smart AI has won yet another match with a human, cementing its position to becoming the world's best Go player. Oh, and one of the smartest AIs, of course.

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How sly dog Microsoft is using Fetch! to feed us AI

How sly dog Microsoft is using Fetch! to feed us AI

Are weird apps like Microsoft's Fetch! the definition of Nero fiddling while the PC market burns, or is the Windows-maker cracked the code on consumer artificial intelligence? Fetch!, the latest gimmick from the Microsoft Garage idea incubator, sounds like a fairly pointless idea at first - identifying what breed of dog you show it - but it hides a cutting edge heart.

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Andy Rubin plans Gmail model for AI-teaching dashcam

Andy Rubin plans Gmail model for AI-teaching dashcam

Android creator and former Google exec Andy Rubin wants to give you a dashboard camera, but you have to agree to help him build an Artificial Intelligence in return. Speculation about the serial inventor's current project have escalated in the months since he left Google and established Playground, a collaborative incubator for next-generation technologies, and now Rubin is giving a hint of what's to come.

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Researchers add AI to ‘Super Mario’, bring characters to life

Researchers add AI to ‘Super Mario’, bring characters to life

Researchers with Tübingen University’s Cognitive Modeling group added artificial intelligence to Super Mario, bringing the characters to life, at least to a degree, adding social skills and a level of intelligence. The project was led by Professor Martin Butz, and it aims to demonstrate what video games may be like with “socially intelligent game characters.”

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Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft already has a "smart" virtual keyboard for both tablets and smartphones. In fact, it was just recently rumored that it would be bringing its keyboard to Android and iOS, the latter with possibly some interesting special features. So it might, at first, be surprising to hear about its acquisition of UK-based SwiftKey, makers of one of the more popular mobile keyboards. But old Redmond isn't paying $250 million just for a keyboard. It is, in truth, more interested in the AI talent and software behind it.

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AI machine learns to write political speeches

AI machine learns to write political speeches

Machines are one step closer to taking over the world -- a researcher has created an artificial intelligence machine capable of writing political speeches, doing so with the same flavor of ordinary and usually stereotypical political spiels. Segments from thousands of real political speeches were used to teach the algorithm how to generate its own.

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