Why Microsoft’s ‘Tay’ AI bot went wrong

Less than a day after she joined Twitter, Microsoft’s AI bot, Tay.ai, was taken down for becoming a sexist, racist monster. AI experts explain why it went terribly wrong.

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Amazon Has an Official Guide for Building Your Own Alexa Device with a Raspberry Pi

We’ve shown off one way to build your own Amazon Echo before (or more accurately, Amazon Tap because the DIY version can’t access the always-listening feature), but if you’re looking for a different approach, the Amazon GitHub page has an incredibly detailed guide to getting the Alexa voice service up and running on a Raspberry Pi.

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Docker comes to Mac and Windows


Today is the third birthday of the Docker containerization system and to celebrate the company is launching a beta program for Mac and Windows versions of its software.

It offers an integrated, easy-to-deploy environment for building, assembling, and shipping applications from Mac or Windows as well as having many improvements over Docker Toolbox.

Docker for Mac and Windows doesn’t need a dedicated machine, making life easier for developers and providing easy access to running containers on a local host network. It includes a DNS server for containers, and is integrated with the Mac OS X and Windows networking system. On a Mac, Docker can be used even when connected to a corporate VPN.

Docker for Mac can be used at the same time as Docker Toolbox on the same machine, allowing developers to continue using Toolbox as they evaluate Docker for Mac. On Windows systems you need to stop Toolbox before using Docker for Windows.

“The Docker for Mac product has addressed all of these issues for us, installation has been significantly smoother thanks to the native Mac application and autoupdater. Official images now ‘just work’ with the Mac and the new development workflow allows engineers to quickly spin up new versions of services and develop software natively on the Mac against them, with everything just working”, says Mat Clayton, Co-founder of Mixcloud, one of the few companies to have tried the software in private beta.

If you’re interested in joining the beta program you can sign up to receive an invitation on the Docker website. Docker for Mac and Docker for Windows are at different stages of development, although they do share a significant code base. Docker for Windows will initially be rolled out to users at a slower pace but will eventually have the same functionality as Docker for Mac. Docker for Windows currently only ships on Windows 10 editions that support Hyper-V.

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Review: Amazon puts machine learning in reach

As a physicist, I was originally trained to describe the world in terms of exact equations. Later, as an experimental high-energy particle physicist, I learned to deal with vast amounts of data with errors and with evaluating competing models to describe the data. Business data, taken in bulk, is often messier and harder to model than the physics data on which I cut my teeth. Simply put, human behavior is complicated, inconsistent, and not well understood, and it’s affected by many variables.

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How to Install and Configure MySQL Cluster on CentOS 7

MySQL Cluster is designed to provide a MySQL compatible database with high availability and low latency. The MySQL Cluster technology is implemented through the NDB (Network DataBase) and NDBCLUSTER storage engines and provides shared-nothing clustering and auto-sharding for MySQL database systems. In the shared-nothing architecture, each of nodes has its own memory and disk, the use of shared storage such as NFS, SANs is not recommended and supported.

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Twitter taught Microsoft’s AI chatbot to be a racist asshole in less than a day

It took less than 24 hours for Twitter to corrupt an innocent AI chatbot. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled Tay — a Twitter bot that the company described as an experiment in “conversational understanding.” The more you chat with Tay, said Microsoft, the smarter it gets, learning to engage people through “casual and playful conversation.”

Unfortunately, the conversations didn’t stay playful for long. Pretty soon after Tay launched, people starting tweeting the bot with all sorts of misogynistic, racist, and Donald Trumpist remarks. And Tay — being essentially a robot parrot with an internet connection — started repeating these sentiments back to users, proving correct that old programming adage: flaming garbage pile in, flaming garbage pile out.

Now, while these screenshots seem to show that Tay has assimilated the internet’s worst tendencies into its personality, it’s not quite as straightforward as that. Searching through Tay’s tweets (more than 96,000 of them!) we can see that many of the bot’s nastiest utterances have simply been the result of copying users. If you tell Tay to “repeat after me,” it will — allowing anybody to put words in the chatbot’s mouth.

One of Tay’s now deleted “repeat after me” tweets.

However, some of its weirder utterances have come out unprompted. The Guardian picked out a (now deleted) example when Tay was having an unremarkable conversation with one user (sample tweet: “new phone who dis?”), before it replied to the question “is Ricky Gervais an atheist?” by saying: “ricky gervais learned totalitarianism from adolf hitler, the inventor of atheism.”

But while it seems that some of the bad stuff Tay is being told is sinking in, it’s not like the bot has a coherent ideology. In the span of 15 hours Tay referred to feminism as a “cult” and a “cancer,” as well as noting “gender equality = feminism” and “i love feminism now.” Tweeting “Bruce Jenner” at the bot got similar mixed response, ranging from “caitlyn jenner is a hero & is a stunning, beautiful woman!” to the transphobic “caitlyn jenner isn’t a real woman yet she won woman of the year?” (Neither of which were phrases Tay had been asked to repeat.)

It’s unclear how much Microsoft prepared its bot for this sort of thing. The company’s website notes that Tay has been built using “relevant public data” that has been “modeled, cleaned, and filtered,” but it seems that after the chatbot went live filtering went out the window. The company starting cleaning up Tay’s timeline this morning, deleting many of its most offensive remarks.

Tay’s responses have turned the bot into a joke, but they raise serious questions

It’s a joke, obviously, but there are serious questions to answer, like how are we going to teach AI using public data without incorporating the worst traits of humanity? If we create bots that mirror their users, do we care if their users are human trash? There are plenty of examples of technology embodying — either accidentally or on purpose — the prejudices of society, and Tay’s adventures on Twitter show that even big corporations like Microsoft forget to take any preventative measures against these problems.

For Tay though, it all proved a bit too much, and just past midnight this morning, the bot called it a night:

In an emailed statement given later to Business Insider, Microsoft said: “The AI chatbot Tay is a machine learning project, designed for human engagement. As it learns, some of its responses are inappropriate and indicative of the types of interactions some people are having with it. We’re making some adjustments to Tay.”

Update March 24th, 6:50AM ET: Updated to note that Microsoft has been deleting some of Tay’s offensive tweets.

Update March 24th, 10:52AM ET: Updated to include Microsoft’s statement.

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