I was watching the latest X-files episode last night, when I had to do a little research. The opening scene of the episode referenced a chat bot (artificial intelligence) that was used on Twitter to learn from humans. The scene expressed that the chat bot was shut down for some pretty shocking statements.
I’m a fan of X-files. I always have been. But was this a real thing?
Turns out that, yes, it was.
Back in 2016, Microsoft created a chat bot that they set to work on Twitter. You can use Google to find various articles from reliable news sources about it. The idea of the project was to have the artificial intelligence (A.I.) interact with humans and learn from them.
The problem, however, is that humans are pretty disgusting.
Within hours, the A.I. was tweeting out absolutely vile, racist, hate-filled speech. It was so bad that, after just sixteen hours, the A.I. was shut down. The bot was unplugged, so to speak.
It was turned off and the tweets were deleted. But… you can still find screen shots, so if you don’t believe me, hit up Google.
All of this really got me thinking about our current society, social media culture, and our kids.