Chat with a sexbot

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?There are plenty of ‘love dolls’, that come with a range of penis sizes, from limp or small (6in) to X-large (11in).However, when I tried contacting the manufacturers, to discover whether these dolls do anything other than just lie there and think of England, I am met with a wall of silence. Paying £5,000 for a shop dummy isn’t my idea of fun." 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!For instance, one man in Hong Kong spent a fortune creating a robotic woman that looks like Scarlett Johansson for a bargain £34,000. Turn up her intellectual setting and she will recite poetry or crack jokes.She will remember your favourite food, films and music, and is programmed to be witty and charming.

Pretty soon after Tay launched, people starting tweeting the bot with all sorts of misogynistic, racist, and Donald Trumpist remarks.Big-knockered Kylie, for instance, currently has 18% knocked off the price. It took less than 24 hours for Twitter to corrupt an innocent AI chatbot.When I contact the makers, I do get a response – promising that an ‘updated’ Rocky is, er, in the pipeline.When I ask for details, or even whether you can buy the original Rocky, I am again met with the familiar silence.

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