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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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Samsung Unveils Galaxy M31 Smartphone in India

Samsung launches Galaxy M31 in India starting from Rs. 15,999

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Samsung on Tuesday launched its new smartphone Galaxy M31 in India starting from Rs 15,999. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung on Tuesday launched its new smartphone Galaxy M31 in India starting from Rs 15,999. This is the latest science and technology news.

Galaxy M31 is the newest addition to the popular Galaxy M series. Till date, the company has launched six models – Galaxy M10, M20, M30, M40, M10s and M30s – under the M series in 2019.

“We now bring Galaxy M31 keeping in mind the needs and aspirations of our young millennial consumers,” Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India said in a statement.

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Samsung on Tuesday launched its new smartphone Galaxy M31 in India starting from Rs 15,999. (Representational Image). Pixabay

The smartphone will come in two memory variants, 6/64GB priced at Rs 15,999 as well as 6/128GB for Rs 16,999 and will be available at Amazon.in, Samsung.com along with select retail stores from March 5, 12 noon.

The phone is equipped with 6.4-inch super AMOLED display and features quad-camera setup — 64MP Main Lens, 8MP Ultra-Wide Lens, 5MP Macro Lens and 5MP depth lens. There is also a 32MP front camera.

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The device is powered with the Exynos 9611 upto 2.3GHz Octa Core processor and will run on Android 10 out of the box with Samsung’s new One UI 2.0.

Additionally, the phone houses a 6000mAh battery with an in-box Type C 15W fast charger. (IANS)