("FUCK MY ROBOT PUSSY DADDY I'M SUCH A BAD NAUGHTY ROBOT" was perhaps her most widely reported quote.) Needless to say, this wasn't part of Tay's original design. As Laurie Penny explained in a recent article, the popularity of feminine-gendered AI makes sense in a world where women still aren't seen as fully human. R tells what is, by now, a familiar story: Humans create robots to take over all mundane labor, which works fine until these slave automata develop sapience, at which point they revolt and destroy the human race.
Rather, a gaggle of malicious Twitter users exploited that design -- which has Tay repeat and learn from whatever users tell her -- to add this language to her suite of word choices. But these machines also reflect the rise of the service economy, which relies on emotional labor that's performed by women, with a "customer is always right" ethos imposed upon the whole affair. This play, by definition the first work about robots, set the pattern for a century's worth of cliches about the Robot Uprising -- from silent cinema to HAL9000 to synthy 80s pop to .
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By the time she started saying "Hitler was right I hate the jews," people had started to realize that there was something wrong with Tay.
One lazy (or clever, depending on your perspective) OKCupid dater, Schuyler Hunt, hooked a profile up to Cleverbot to automate his messaging and tracked his results on a Tumblr called “Girls Who Date Computers”. Some of Hunt’s conversations are indistinguishable from organic exchanges between two humans.The beautiful Maria, as she is called by her mad-scientist designer Rotwang, is reputedly the first fembot (i.e.female robot) ever depicted on screen, though that moniker didn’t arise until Lindsey Wagner started kicking some serious ass as the Bionic Woman in the second-wave seventies.So designers create endless mini-Frankensteins, molded ostensibly to serve, while in actuality incarnating, and disseminating, the desire of their creator.Consider the familiar example of the , Fritz Lang's 1927 proto-sci-fi classic.