Article by Matt S.
Microsoft has released its second attempt at an AI, after the spectacular failure of Tay, a social interaction bot unleashed on Twitter that was turned racist in a matter of hours. This new attempt can't be racist, as it doesn't learn in interacting with people, but it sure doesn't like Dee Dee.
This new AI is CaptionBot, and from that name it's self explanatory. You upload a photo (on this website here), and the bot captions it, based on what the bot "sees" in the image. And, again, it really does not like Dee Dee:
I'll be honest here, I'm hurt. Dee Dee is not a vase. Dee Dee is a delightful girl and deserves far better respect than that. I've registered my disgust in the only way that's possible. A 1-star rating when the bot asks me "How Did I Do?"
In other areas, the bot was actually quite effective, although rather uninspired in its analysis. For example, I uploaded an image of Marie Rose from Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3, and got this helpful caption:
The bot does a bit better with non-humanoid objects:
Anyhow, if I was going to provide Microsoft with some feedback for this CaptionBot, I would write something like this:
"Microsoft, you are an obscenely wealthy company. You produce some of the most important software and applications for both work and play. You are instrumental in the future of technology development, and your R & D teams are well resourced and financed. Stop wasting all that on ruinous poop like this."
- Matt S.
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