Microsoft recently introduced a new smart artificial intelligence bot named “Tay” that can chat with you on Kik, GroupMe or Twitter. The bot is targeted at 18-24 year-olds in the U.S. and, in many ways, acts like Microsoft created its own teenager. It’s smart, but also a bit terrifying.
“Tay is an artificial intelligent chat bot developed by Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams to experiment with and conduct research on conversational understanding,” Microsoft explains on the official Tay website. “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.”
Tay kind of reminds me of the bots that used to exist on AIM many years ago (that’s AOL’s chat service for you youngin’s out there) and can mainly be used for casual chat back and forth. She asked me what I’d buy if I won the lottery, for example, but was confused when I asked if my Editor-in-Chief liked me. (I don’t – Sean Aune, Editor-in-Chief) She’ll respond in teenage Internet lingo – words like “Imma” instead “I’m going to” and “Questch” instead of “question” popped up in my chat, and Microsoft says she has “zero chill,” which is slang for being reckless.
Tay can learn your gender, zip code, favorite foods, nickname and more, but is a little rough around the edges right now. You can try out the AI for yourself on one of the aforementioned social networks above.