Lee goes on to note that Tay is actually the second AI it has released to the public following the release of one named Xiao Ice in China.Xiao Ice, Lee says, is being used by around 40 million people in China, and Tay was an attempt to see how this type of AI would adapt to a different cultural environment.and sensual chatbot champion, claims that sex with humanoid companions will be routine by 2050. Ian Pearson recently took that declaration one step further in a report created in conjunction with UK sex shop Bondara, saying human-robot sex will start to eclipse old-fashioned human-on-human sex that same year.
Complicating the matter even more, consider the great grey areas between sexual technology, sexual robots, android prostitution, and autonomous artificial beings that are "fully functional," a la Data in .
For example, when is something a slightly biomimicking sex toy (something in the shape of various parts of human anatomy, like Porn Hub's Twerking Butt) and when is it a sex robot? The position paper kind of glosses over this, stating, "If an artificial substitute reduced the need to buy sex, there would be a reduction in prostitution, but no such correlation is found.
Kathleen Richardson, it's more or less exactly what it sounds like: Richardson wants to ban sex robots and robotic prostitution because they "objectify women and children," her organization says.
While philosophy papers, blog posts, and sci-fi novels have asked the big questions about sex robots, this seems to be the first dedicated campaign of its kind some researchers are already involved, with the campaign's paper pointing out a Second International Conference on Love and Sex with Robots in Malaysia this November.( Only two participants are listed so far: the first, a London-based chatbot designer seeking to beat the Turing test; the other, an Australian researcher who built a kissing machine.)Richardson, a Senior Research Fellow in the Ethics of Robotics at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR) at De Montfort University, founded the new campaign to "encourage computer scientists and roboticists to refuse to contribute to the development of sex robots as a field by refusing to provide code, hardware or ideas." Her point: If you create a robot that's exclusively designed for sexual purposes, then it contributes to objectifying real human women by reducing them down to just a body, not a person.
According to Lee, the team behind Tay stress-tested the chatbot to look for exploits before it was released to the public.
However, the team apparently overlooked the specific vulnerability that caused the chatbot to repeat various racist and offensive ideas and statements from some bad actors.
To do so would be an ethically dicey proposition, one that undercuts some of the reasons we make robots—to do something better than humans or otherwise perform a dangerous job—to fulfill the desire for a sort of science-fiction robot companionship.
Building a robot designed to have sex with people, making it intelligent enough to relate to people, and then not letting it to say "no" to that person seems like it would, in fact, perpetuate sexual violence.
Matt Mc Mullen, founder of Real Doll, says there are far more dangerous AI applications in the works, and believe it or not, he's not looking to create an army of sex bots to replace flesh-and-blood partners.