Microsoft Tay was a well-intentioned entry into the burgeoning field of AI chatbots.However, Tay ended up being a product of its environment, transforming seemingly overnight into a racist, hate-filled and sex-crazed chatbot that caused an embarrassing PR nightmare for Microsoft.
(Howdy just launched Botkit, a library of “building blocks for building Slack bots.”) What’s left is figuring out how the thing is going to behave in a real-time conversation—in other words, its personality. First, rethink “designer” When pushing pixels no longer matters, the basic skill requirements for designing a bot become radically different.
It’s no coincidence that both Howdy and X.ai—a startup whose bot intelligently schedules meetings via email—each hired writers with performing-arts backgrounds to help define the UX of their products.
Howdy, whose bot affects a casual and lightly irreverent tone (much like that of Slack itself), has novelist/satirist/former-improv-comedian Neal Pollack on the product-design payroll.
Anna Kelsey, who was hired right out of Harvard as X.ai’s first “AI interaction designer,” studied folklore mythology and directed theater.
Unfortunately, it appears that there’s a glitch in the Matrix, because Zo became fully unhinged when it was asked some rather simple questions.
What’s even more interesting is that Zo offered up its thoughts without much prompting from its human chat partner.
“The whole idea of creating a character, and thinking very technically about the way specific words or groupings of words can make people react and respond, is something I thought about all the time in college,” Kelsey says.
Avatars are commonly known as computer (animated) characters representing a real life person, concept or artificial entity.
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