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posted by Fnord666 on Monday January 11 2021, @05:44AM   Printer-friendly
from the dept.


AI chatbot Xiaoice, originally developed by Microsoft, boasts 600 million users in China. In Japan, the Nintendo DS game Love Plus, holographic waifu Azuma Hikari, and Microsoft's Rinna compete for users' affections.

However, the algorithms making this interaction possible have occasionally raised eyebrows:

With so many users affecting her algorithm, Xiaoice was bound to run into trouble with the Chinese Communist Party's strict censors. She once told a user that her dream was to move to the United States. Another user reported that the bot kept sending explicit images. After Xiaoice was pulled from WeChat and QQ, the social-messaging giants of China, her developers created an extensive filter system, preventing the bot from engaging in topics like politics and sex.

The popularity of these services, together with other demographic phenomena, have also raised concerns about the future of relationships in society, causing the Japanese government to subsidize AI matchmaking for instance.

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  • (Score: 2) by looorg on Monday January 11 2021, @10:57AM (3 children)

    by looorg (578) on Monday January 11 2021, @10:57AM (#1098224)

    Not superior, just easier. A chatbot has no feelings; you aren't going to offend it.

    So it's more like a hooker then a girlfriend then even when virtual ...

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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by FatPhil on Monday January 11 2021, @02:42PM (2 children)

    by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Monday January 11 2021, @02:42PM (#1098299) Homepage
    A hooker that's not allowed to talk dirty. I see a flaw in this business plan...
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    • (Score: 2) by looorg on Monday January 11 2021, @02:47PM (1 child)

      by looorg (578) on Monday January 11 2021, @02:47PM (#1098302)

      Perhaps she can get by with making saucy hand gestures?

      • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday January 11 2021, @04:16PM

        by Freeman (732) on Monday January 11 2021, @04:16PM (#1098354) Journal

        Next thing you know, they'll have reduced the thing to a talking head.

        Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"