Wednesday December 14, 2016

Microsoft Releases Another Chatbot

Uh oh, here we go again. After the disaster known as Tay, I'm a bit surprised Microsoft is taking another crack at this so soon.

Zo is a social chatbot, built upon the technology stack that powers Xiaoice and Rinna آ— successful Microsoft AI chatbots in China and Japan. You can engage with her on Kik now in the same way you would interact with a friend, and in the future Microsoft plans to bring her to other social and conversational channels such as Skype and Facebook Messenger. Zo is built using the vast social content of the Internet. She learns from human interactions to respond emotionally and intelligently, providing a unique viewpoint, along with manners and emotional expressions. But she also has strong checks and balances in place to protect her from exploitation.