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March 25, 2016  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Complied from JTA news service

Microsoft pulls tweeting robot after it expresses admiration for Hitler, Trump

Microsoft put the brakes on its artificial intelligence tweeting robot after it posted several offensive comments, including “Hitler was right I hate the jews.”

The so-called chatbot TayTweets was launched by the Seattle-based software company on March 23, as an experiment in artificial intelligence, or AI, and conversational understanding. But the company was forced to quickly pause the account and delete the vast majority of its tweets after the chatbot posted a number of offensive comments, including several that were admiring of Adolf Hitler.

Other offending tweets, according to the International Business Times, were “Bush did 9/11 and Hitler would have done a better job than the monkey we have now. Donald Trump is the only hope we’ve got.” Asked if the Holocaust happened, the chatbot replied: “It was made up,” followed by an emoji of clapping hands.

In a statement to IBTimes UK, Microsoft said it was making some changes. “The AI chatbot Tay is a machine learning project, designed for human engagement,” Microsoft said. “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.”

ADL redirecting $56,000 in Trump donations to anti-bias programs

The Anti-Defamation League has redirected $56,000 in donations from Donald Trump – his total contributions over the past decade – to fund new anti-bias and anti-bullying education programs.

“These undoubtedly were sincere gifts,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL’s CEO. “But in light of the recent campaign, we have decided to redirect the total amount of funds that he contributed to ADL ... into antibias education programs that address exactly the kind of stereotyping and scapegoating that have been injected into this political season.”

ADL also called on other groups to consider redirecting charitable funds given to them by Trump into similar initiatives.

“We are taking this step to demonstrate that, even as the campaign has surfaced ugly rhetoric, we can reach higher,” Greenblatt said. “Even as his campaign has mainstreamed intolerance, we can push back on the hate and evoke our better angels not just with words, but with deeds.”


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