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Tay, Microsofts new teen-voiced Twitter AI, learns how to be racist

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Published on 17 May 2016 / In News & Politics

Tay, an artificial intelligence project from Microsoft geared toward millenials, got a crash course in Nazism and other inflammatory topics, prompting her to be shut down. CNET's Jeff Bakalar joins CBSN to discuss what went wrong.rnMicrosoft shuts down AI chatbot after it turned into a Nazi Last Updated Mar 25, 2016 7:53 PM EDTrnrnMicrosoft got a swift lesson this week on the dark side of social media. Yesterday the company launched "Tay," an artificial intelligence chatbot designed to develop conversational understanding by interacting with humans. Users could follow and interact with the bot @TayandYou on Twitter and it would tweet back, learning as it went from other users' posts. Today, Microsoft had to shut Tay down because the bot started spewing a series of lewd and racist tweets.rnrnTay was set up with a young, female persona that Microsoft's AI programmers apparently meant to appeal to millennials. However, within 24 hours, Twitter users tricked the bot into posting things like "Hitler was right I hate the jews" and "Ted Cruz is the Cuban Hitler." Tay also tweeted about Donald Trump: "All hail the leader of the nursing home boys." http://www.cbsnews.com/news/microsoft-shuts-down-ai-chatbot-after-it-turned-into-racist-nazi/

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