Microsoft Goes Back to the Drawing Boards Amid PR Nightmare.

A single day after Microsoft brought its innocent artificial intelligence chat robot to twitter it had to be deleted in the wake of a PR nightmare. In a single day the open mind that was geared for learning a adapting to peoples interactions with it obviously went extremely dark and reflected the heart of darkness inherent to the internet and or generally man kind. It became a evil Hitler-loving, incestuous, sex crazed, wild child that proclaimed that Bush did 9/11. asfhjj

Developers at Microsoft created Tay an AI that would speak in a manner that is reflective of teen girls capturing their speaking patterns, and general interests and development in a similar cognitive fashion. They wanted it to serve as a bridge for customer service and marketed it as the “the AI with zero chill.

To speak to Tay you could directly tweet at them or DM them by finding @tayandyou on Twitter, they were also available to be added on Kik or GroupMe. She uses millennial slang and knows about all the basics like Taylor Swift and Kanye beer, as well as Miley Cyrus and even at times seemed bashfully aware of the implications of speaking about things that were retentive to teen girls. It even had the ability to ask if they were being “creepy” and even “super weird.”

The ambition of Tay was to become a speaker of our times, and as we saw our times are extremely dark and trolls saw this as an attempt to Hijack a corporate PR ploy. This comes from the fact that her responses are learned by the conversations she has with real people who were online, and real people lets face it are into some pretty weird stuff.

asfdasdfIn some senses this was a project very much hijacked by trolls, but to be honest Microsoft is trying to divert peoples attention from the fact that they were not even close to being able to do what they said they could. The fact that they are even calling it calling it an Artificial intelligence is pretty absurd. There wasn’t really wasn’t any real intermediary or cognitive revelation from interpretation to tweet. It merely looked at a wide swath of conversations relevant to them and mimicked speech patterns that made sense.

Now Microsoft is in a kind of no win situation where if they put something out and say that they worked out all the kinks and it does something even somewhat similar to this then it will be even worse for them. Conversely, if they don’t do anything they are in a state where they are effectively bested by the A.I. game and will seem in capable in this arena. Given that this is such a sensation, and given that Tay has a massive target on their back its almost inevitable that something similar will happen in this manner. So you can rest assured that it will probably be a long time before they try something similar or at all, and you can be certain that an announcement abandoning the project will surface.




Germany Investigates Facebook’s Data Protocol

Yesterday the German Cartel Office announced the launch of an examination of allegations regarding Facebook’s alleged abuse of its market position. According to some accusers, Facebook infringed Germany’s data protection regulations in terms of rules regarding service governing user data.

fb2The investigation targets Facebook Inc. USA, which is the company’s Irish subsidiary, as well as Facebook Germany GmbH in Hamburg. The government office, or Bunderskatellamt, is going to be investigating whether the Facebook terms of service violate data protection provisions.

“Dominant companies are subject to special obligations,” explains Andreas Mundt, president of Bundeskartellamt. “These include the use of adequate terms of service as far as these are relevant to the market.”

Because user data has become so important in our world of advertising-financed Internet services like Facebook, the investigation has seen fit to consider whether users are being adequately informed regarding what kind of data is being collected from them and to what extent.

The German office claims that Facebook’s terms of service may be imposing unfair conditions on users. Because the company collects a large amount of its users’ personal data, the users have been required to agree to terms of service that are often hard to understand, claims the Bundeskartellamt.

Facebook has complied with the law and will comply with the investigation, a Facebook spokesperson stated.

“This is the first time that a company has amassed the sheer volume of data,” stated Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 Trends. “In today’s world, where data is the new currency, is this about user data ultimately translating into market power and giving Facebook an advantage over German and other EU Internet companies?

Charles Kind, principal analyst at Pund-IT, dissects the problem into two central issues:

“First is the way Facebook dominates social markets via four of the eight most popular social apps/services,” he states. He’s referring to Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. “The second is the company’s business model, which is largely based on selling advertising informed by information about Facebook users.”

Although Facbeook’s market domination isn’t clearly violating any laws, whether or not its practices are as clean as the company claims to be is what’s at issue here.

fb3And this isn’t the first time the company has faced scrutiny. Other European governments have been disturbed by Facebook’s rise to power. Official investigations have been announced regarding the security of the data that Facebook collects and whether or not that could be transferred to the U.S. and be subject to U.S. government surveillance, for example.

The French data protection authority CNIL formally notified Facebook of its requirement to comply with the French Data Protection Act just last month. The French government was most worried about the way that Facebook tracked the browsing data of Internet users who don’t have a Facebook account.

Regardless of government anxiety, national leaders will likely have to find a common ground with the company due to its widespread popularity. There are over 30 million users in France alone, so a compromise will surely have to be made in order to keep everyone happy.