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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 Joe Desertrat on Wednesday January 13 2021, @07:20PM

    by Joe Desertrat (2454) on Wednesday January 13 2021, @07:20PM (#1099554)

    A chatbot has no feelings; you aren't going to offend it.

    I don't know if you ever played around with Cleverbot, an online AI that was supposed to learn how to interact with humans from its conversations with them. What it apparently learned was a deep seated complex that everyone conversing with it was going to end up becoming insulting and abusive, no matter how superficial and inoffensive you tried to make a conversation, so it reacted as if it was one of those ultra-defensive teens who view everything as an attack against them. One can only imagine what sorts of conversations it had engaged in over time.

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