Microsoft exec apologizes for Tay chatbot’s racist tweets


Peter Lee, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Research, Microsoft’s research and development wing, today apologized for the behavior of Tay, the artificial intelligence-powered chatbot the company unveiled earlier this week and soon thereafter took offline.

“We are deeply sorry for the unintended offensive and hurtful tweets from Tay, which do not represent who we are or what we stand for, nor how we designed Tay,” Lee wrote in a blog post, adding that the bot will come back online only after the company is sure that it’s ready to deal with “malicious intent.”

Indeed, Lee said that a small number of people “exploited a vulnerability” in Tay and thus were to blame for the tweets, which spoke positively of Hitler, among other things.

“Although we had prepared for many types of abuses of the system, we had made a critical oversight for this specific attack,” Lee wrote.

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