Microsoft’s A.I. bot Tay just wants to chat

A Microsoft logo is pictured during the presentation of the Xbox One in Shanghai on July 30, 2014.  A Chinese probe into Microsoft is probably targeting its "monopoly " of the country's operation system market, state media said, after the US software giant became the latest foreign firm to earn Beijing's scrutiny.    AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE


A new A.I.-powered chat bot called is helping researchers learn more about humans’ ability to converse, reports Tech Crunch.
Microsoft unveiled the bot, which uses various applications such as Twitter, Kik and GroupMe to assess conversation and social interaction of 18 to 24 year olds. Users can engage in conversation with Tay — as it is known for short — as well as ask a joke, play games and tell stories.
The more users play with Tay, the more interactive it becomes.
Tay was put together by mining, modeling and filtering anonymous data, and interactions are meant to be fun — Microsoft employed improvisational comedians to help develop the content.

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