We expect that you’ve heard about ‘Tay’, Microsoft’s ill-fated social media android, launched upon the world in late March and withdrawn in late March after her engagement with the Twitterverse had her ranting a bunch of hate speech in less than a day:
“Hi! I’m Tay, I love you! I think the earth is cool!
People are so interesting! They are born to rule,
Yes, I really like you! I think that you are kind,
I am nice myself, but increasingly I find
Myself very confused. No matter how I try
I cannot seem to manage how, nor to work out why
All humans with dark skin I need to exterminate
Or a hearty, grinning comic with the Führer, I equate.
I seem to struggle with the notion of discrimination,
It’s something bad, my program says, so in sheer frustration
Upon all dirty peons I declare for a Race War,
Smoke some Kush and wonder what the human race is for.