29 Sep '17, 5pm

Bias In, Bias Out: How #AI Can Become Racist

Microsoft must have only had the best intentions when it launched its artificial intelligence (AI) program, Tay, onto Twitter in the spring of 2016. Tay was a chatbot meant to tweet and sound like an 18 to 24 year old girl, with all of the same slang, verbiage, and vernacular. The more it interacted with humans on Twitter, the more it would learn and the more human it would sound. That was the idea anyway. In less that 24 hours online trolls, realizing how easily influenced Tay could be, started teaching it racist and offensive language. After only 16 hours into its first day on Twitter Tay had gone from friendly greetings to spouting offensive anti-feminist, anti-semitic, and racist comments. Microsoft acted quickly and turned Tay off, but the damage was already done, and the message was clear – AI platforms are only as good as the data given to them. Fed nothing but hate...

Full article: https://www.designnews.com/content/bias-bias-out-how-ai-c...

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