So it's probably only a matter of time until some bean-counter decides that everyone will have to consult Dr Chatbot before they can talk to a real doctor. If you require an appointment, please be advised that the waiting list to see a GP is currently three weeks.
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Tay, the creation of Microsoft's Technology and Research and Bing teams, was an experiment aimed at learning through conversations. Soon, Tay began saying things like "Hitler was right i hate the jews," and "i fucking hate feminists." But Tay's bad behavior, it's been noted, should come as no big surprise."This was to be expected," said Roman Yampolskiy, head of the Cyber Security lab at the University of Louisville, who has published a paper on the subject of pathways to dangerous AI.
She was targeted at American 18 to 24-year olds—primary social media users, according to Microsoft—and "designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful conversation."SEE: Microsoft's Tay AI chatbot goes offline after being taught to be a racist (ZDNet) And in less than 24 hours after her arrival on Twitter, Tay gained more than 50,000 followers, and produced nearly 100,000 tweets. "The system is designed to learn from its users, so it will become a reflection of their behavior," he said.
Some, but perhaps not all, the details will be discussed at I/O this week.
Ali Parsa, founder of the technology company involved, said: 'I think this is the beginning of the end for the old-fashioned way we use healthcare.'That's what worries some people.
The Royal College of GPs fears that it could lead to a two-tier service, given that a significant number of elderly people — those most in need of seeing a doctor — still don't have a smartphone and have no intention of getting one.
Xiaoice, who emerged in 2014, was an assistant-type bot, used mainly on the Chinese social networks We Chat and Weibo.
SEE: Smart machines are about to run the world: Here's how to prepare Joanne Pransky, the self-dubbed "robot psychiatrist," joked with Tech Republic that "poor Tay needs a Robotic Psychiatrist!