Summary: Facebook, Microsoft and co want us to talk to intelligent programs (chatbots) instead of real humans, when it comes to specific tasks like ordering flowers or asking for the weather forecast. Chatbots, which are used as conversation platforms like Facebook´s Messenger, throw up new problems such as a loss of privacy and ethics. Simulated dialogue partners could divulge very private and sensitive issues. Even computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum, inventor of the psychologist Eliza in 1966, is a major critic of his own innovation. Microsoft´s chatbot Tay e.g. was turned offline immediately after users taught him racist and sexist statements.

Author: Birgit Riegler, Der Standard

Original Title: Wenn der Bot Blumen schickt und schimpft.

 

Language of Article: German

Publishing date: 2016, April 19

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