Microsoft is experimenting with a new, tamer chatbot.
Months after the company’s first chatbot Tay went viral for all the wrong reasons, Microsoft quietly rolled out a new bot that looks to be far less controversial than its predecessor.
Named Zo, the latest chatbot appeared on chat app Kik and is still “early access,” according to Microsoft, though anyone with Kik can start messaging the bot now. In our limited testing, much of what the bot says is similar to the bland and sometimes nonsensical musings spouted by other bots.
Of course, after the public relations nightmare that was Tay, it’s understandable that Microsoft would be careful with its next chatbot. Read more…