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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: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @04:25PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @04:25PM (#1098359)

    Is False []

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @06:52PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @06:52PM (#1098474)

    Also false: boasts 600 million users in China
    Almost half the population of China, basically every male in China? That’s hard to believe.

    • (Score: 2) by bussdriver on Monday January 11 2021, @08:41PM

      by bussdriver (6876) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 11 2021, @08:41PM (#1098549)

      if it learns and adapts then multiple accounts would yield different imagined personalities. You should be asking why so many need to cheat on their bots...

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by hendrikboom on Tuesday January 12 2021, @03:01AM

    by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 12 2021, @03:01AM (#1098733) Homepage Journal

    Even if the males and females are nearly equal, there are more males than females.
    After many of them have paired off, the 3 to one ratio might be valid for the remaining singles.