Microsoft has launched a new chatbot called Ruuh on Facebook Messenger. The company launched a Facebook page for the chatbot on February 7, and according to ZDNet, it is currently under testing. A company spokesperson told the website, "at Microsoft, we're focused on helping people and organizations achieve more through new conversation models. We're excited about the possibilities in this space and are experimenting with a limited pilot program of a new chatbot that's focused on advancing conversational capabilities within our AI ambition. We hope to expand this chatbot to a broader audience in the future."
Ruuh’s Facebook page describes the bot as a “desi AI who never stops talking.” After interacting with the bot for a bit, it seems like Microsoft still has a bit of work to do in order to make it have more human-like conversations. While it does seem to have some basic understanding of the questions, it tends to go completely off track when asked follow up questions.
Hopefully, Ruuh will not end up emulating Tay, Microsoft’s Twitter bot that went rogue last year. Designed to interact with people via tweets after learning the latest trends of speaking, Tay ended up spewing hate filled rhetoric which included racial slurs, appreciation for Adolf Hitler, and implication that “Bush did 9/11.” As expected Tay was quickly taken down. Ruuh on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have any political inclinations. At least not too much...
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