“Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful conversation,” Microsoft said. “The more you chat with Tay the smarter she gets.”

    But it appeared on Thursday that Tay’s conversation extended to racist, inflammatory and political statements. Her Twitter conversations have so far reinforced the so-called Godwin’s law – that as an online discussion goes on, the probability of a comparison involving the Nazis or Hitler approaches – with Tay having been encouraged to repeat variations on “Hitler was right” as well as “9/11 was an inside job”.

    One Twitter user has also spent time teaching Tay about Donald Trump’s immigration plans.


"Hey, so Markov chains are hip, we should launch one on Twitter."

"Are you sure that will be good for brand?"

"All the kids are on twitter, and all the kids love chatting. And look at the hilarious results from /r/subredditsimulator."

"You're talking about Reddit again, aren't you? Didn't I tell you not to talk about Reddit?"

"But sir, our market research indicates that Cleverbot hits all the demographics we're targeting. And besides, we'll have some human handlers around. Sort of."

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