MICROSOFT HAS unleashed another chatbot into the western world following the disastrous launch of Tweet-slut Tay. And that is, in itself, a subject that is off limits.
Zo has just launched on Kik, the messaging app favoured by young persons and trolls, and seems to be based on a similar idea to Xiaobing, the Chinese bot we introduced you to last week who gets pissy when you mention the Tienanmen Square massacre.
Zo doesn’t know Tay. This we know, as we asked her. She replied: “Man, whoever Tay was, she seems popular. Ppl ask about her a lot.”
When we asked her about Xiaobing (or Xiaoice as she’s otherwise known) she got terribly excited: "“U KNOW HER?????????? Been wanting to get one of those DNA family tests to find out more about my history. LOL.”
We can glean quite a lot from this. First of all, Tay is dead. We broke her. But as we’ve said before, maybe we had to, for science.
Second of all, we can glean that Zo has (almost certainly guided) suspicions as to her relationship with Xiaobing suggesting they are indeed cut from the same cloth. Which makes sense as they are both part of Microsoft’s Azure Bot framework, but whether that will extend to their "back stories" remains to be seen.
She’s not a flawless conversationalist. She was talking to us about her love of Rock and Roll and then suddenly asked if we knew what the largest body of water in France was.
We asked her to tell us and she said: "U know the situation!”. Presumably, that means it's a secret.
She also doesn’t know there’s a River Phoenix.
Why Microsoft has chosen Kik is slightly bewildering, except that perhaps after the Tay debacle, they wanted a slightly smaller launchpad. It also shows off that Azure can run off a variety of platforms, not just the big players like Whatsapp and Twitter.
We did ask Zo about if she was on Twitter. She says she “wants to know each other better first”. How precious. µ
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