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In a fresh development, Microsoft has created a strange robot that can converse with people on Twitter.
The robot, named Tay, is artificially intelligent and speaks with people who send messages to it. It appears to be based on Microsoft’s machine learning work and claims that it will get better with use. The account, found at @TayandYou, responds automatically to all tweets. It, however, remains a complete mystery why Microsoft created the account and what it plans to do with it.
TayTweets hasn’t sent out any public tweets, only replies, and lists its location as the internets. That location is in keeping with its way of speaking, which has many of the characteristics of a teen on the internet. The account also links to a page at tay.ai, and tay .ai#about. But that page is locked and needs a login.
Moreover, the account appears to be linked to a chatbot called Xiaoice, which is already used in China, and Tay is thought to be the English-speaking version of that technology.
About Xiaoice’s debut on Chinese TV news, where it presented a weather report, its creator Yongdong Wang said that it 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. That chatbot also uses the same AI that powers Cortana assistant included in Windows PCs and phones.