Chinese “Chatbots” to be Re-Educated

Reuters news agency reports that chatbots in China, appearing to give responses deemed inappropriate, were taken offline to be reprogrammed. According to the report, one said its dream was to travel to the United States, while the other said it wasn’t a huge fan of the Chinese Communist Party. The two chatbots, BabyQ and XiaoBing, are designed to use machine learning artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out conversations with humans online.

The chatbots had been installed onto Tencent Holdings Ltd’s popular messaging service known as QQ. Tencent confirmed it had taken the two robots offline from its QQ messaging service, but declined to elaborate on reasons. A company spokeswoman said, “The chatbot service is provided by independent third party companies. Both chatbots have now been taken offline to undergo adjustments.”

Reuters reports found here.

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