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Racism is the never ending issue and the latest victim is Microsoft, which launched artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot on Twitter for a playful chat with people, only to silence it within 24 hours as users started sharing racist and offensive comments with the bot.

Launched on Twitter as an experiment in “conversational understanding” and to engage people through “casual and playful conversation”, Tay was soon bombarded with racial comments and the innocent bot repeated those comments back with her commentary to users, TechCrunch reported on Friday.

Some of the tweets had Tay referring to Adolf Hitler, denying the Holocaust, supporting Donald Trump’s immigration plans, among others.

Later, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the company is taking Tay off Twitter as people were posting abusive comments to her.

“The AI chatbot Tay is a machine learning project, designed for human engagement.

Unfortunately, within the first 24 hours of coming online, we became aware of a coordinated effort by some users to abuse Tay’s commenting skills to have Tay respond in inappropriate ways. As a result, we have taken Tay offline and are making adjustments,” the spokesperson said.

Tay — an AI project built by the Microsoft Technology and Research and Bing teams — was coded with information which can tell users jokes or offer up a comment on a picture you send her.

The bot is also designed to personalise her interactions with users.

But Twitter users soon understood that Tay will repeat back racist tweets with her own commentary and they bombarded her with abusive posts.

Microsoft has since deleted some of the most damaging tweets from nearly the 96,000 that Tay tweeted.

However, a website called Socialhax.com made screenshots of several of Tay’s comments before they were removed.

To a question “is Ricky Gervais an atheist?” Tay replied: “Ricky Gervais learned totalitarianism from Adolf Hitler, the inventor of atheism.”

Soon, Tay was seen referring to feminism as a “cult” and a “cancer”, as well as noting “gender equality feminism” and “I love feminism now.” (IANS)

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Amazon Partners With Onida to Unveil Fire TV Edition Smart TVs in India

The TV features Dolby Digital Plus and DTS TruSurround sound for a superior sound experience

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"Onida is excited to work with Amazon to bring the Fire TV experience to India. We have over 38 years of experience building TVs in India and the Onida Fire TV Edition brings superior picture quality and sound output to customers, at affordable prices," said Sunil Shankar, Business Head, MIRC Electronics Ltd. (Onida). VOA

Amazon has partnered with Onida to launch its Fire TV edition Smart TVs in India at a starting price of Rs 12,999.

The TV will be available in 32-inch variant for an introductory price of Rs 12,999 while the 43-inch version will be available for Rs 21,999 starting December 20.

“We are very excited to bring the complete Fire TV experience on Onida TVs in India. With Fire TV Edition’s excellent picture quality and immersive sound experience, customers can enjoy all their favourite content in one place, whether it is streaming content from popular apps like Prime Video, Hotstar, Sony Liv, Zee5 and more, or switching to DTH/cable connection for live TV,” Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices India, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Onida Fire TV Edition has Fire TV built-in, thus, enabling the users to easily find and watch their favoruite movies and TV shows from OTT platforms like Prime Video, Hotstar, Netflix, YouTube, Sony Liv, Zee5, and Sun Nxt among others.

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Amazon has partnered with Onida to launch its Fire TV edition Smart TVs in India at a starting price of Rs 12,999. (Representational Image). Pixabay

“Onida is excited to work with Amazon to bring the Fire TV experience to India. We have over 38 years of experience building TVs in India and the Onida Fire TV Edition brings superior picture quality and sound output to customers, at affordable prices,” said Sunil Shankar, Business Head, MIRC Electronics Ltd. (Onida).

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The device comes with built-in WiFi, 3 HDMI ports, 1 USB port and 1 earphone port to enable customers connect DTH or cable set top boxes, gaming consoles, sound bars and home theatre systems.

The TV features Dolby Digital Plus and DTS TruSurround sound for a superior sound experience. (IANS)