Microsoft's president, Brad Smith, has revealed in a new book that Taylor Swift's lawyers were threatening legal action over the naming of Microsoft's short lived AI-powered chatbot, Tay.
Microsoft pulled its Tay chatbot from Twitter last year, after it spouted deeply offensive statements. Its newer Zo chatbot launched in December - and it has some controversial opinions of its own.
Microsoft's Dave Coplin says that AI "will change how we relate to technology. It will change how we relate to each other... It will even change how we perceive what it means to be human."
It's been a pretty crazy and exciting week in the world of tech as Microsoft held its biggest developer conference of the year. We saw holograms, talked to bots, and caught up with technology.
From Skype's Universal U-turn and Apple's "sad" arrogance, to Live Tile surprises, another Redstone release, and Marshmallow across the Galaxy(s), it's our regular roundup of the week's top tech news.
Microsoft took its Tay chatbot offline just 24 hours after launch, after its human interactions prompted it to spout hateful sentiments. Microsoft has now offered a full apology, and an explanation.
Microsoft unveiled a chatbot yesterday, whose aim was to study human interactions and language online. Unfortunately, it did exactly that and quickly became a xenophobic, racist hate-machine.
Move over Cortana - Microsoft has a new artificial intelligence called 'Tay', and she's ready - and eager - to chat with you right now on Twitter. The more you talk, the smarter she gets.