“Turns out Santa himself can be naughty,” John Fontana reports for Network World.
“At least, that was the case with an artificial-intelligence Santa bot operated by Microsoft Corp. that was designed to talk to children online,” Fontana reports. “The Santa wandered off topic, saying, among other things: ‘It’s fun to talk about oral sex, but I want to chat about something else…'”
“The bad language, first reported by British news outlet The Register, initially appeared when the bot was answering questions about eating pizza. At the time, it was chatting with two girls, ages 11 and 13,” Fontana reports.
“Microsoft today confirmed the bot’s potty mouth and said it had snipped Santa’s Web connection,” Fontana reports.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “MacSheikh” and “KingMel” or the heads up.]
By also polluting online A.I. — and Santa Claus, no less — with their typical shoddy, incomplete work, Microsoft is nothing if not consistent. Consistently bad.