Microsoft hasn’t been very successful with chatbots in past. Remember Tay, the bot that started tweeting Racists tweets which reached to a level where Microsoft took it down and publically apologized for the same. After that, the company released many bots including Zo, which, on Facebook claimed openly that Linux is better than Windows.
Now the Redmond giant has released another chatbot but this time the purpose is different. The company has launched a new bot with the purpose of sexy chats. But don’t start searching for it since it is actually a bot that will teach you why not to engage in sexual activities. The bot converses via text message with clients drawn in by online ads for sexual services, on topics such as age, body, fetish services, and pricing and once it gets them to admit to an intent to purchase sex delivers a strict warning about the damage this can cause to others. The warning varies from situation to situation.
The bot was created as part of a philanthropic initiative whose lead partner isÂ Seattle Against Slavery, and the aim is toÂ reduce demand for sex workers, and the incentives for criminals to coerce people into the sex trade.Â Seattle Against Slavery is working with counterparts in 21 other U.S. cities including Boston and Houston to deploy the bot more widely.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]If law enforcement performs stings in a city they might get a few dozen people, but we know there have to be thousands and thousands of guys out there looking to buy sex. Wasting their time and delivering a deterrence message could change their perspective on what theyâ€™re doing.
– Robert Beiser, executive director of Seattle Against Slavery[/perfectpullquote]
The bot was created by the same Microsoft team as those who created PhotoDNA, whichÂ automatically detects and reports images of child exploitation, and which isÂ now used by more than 70 companies and organizations, including Facebook and Twitter, and is designed to help NGOs scale their existing efforts beyond what actual human staff can accomplish.
We just might not know what the future for the botÂ but it’s good to see technology being used to end crimes and most importantly AI is being used in the right direction.