>> A rare case of digital dissidence in China. Messages from a pair of automated chatbots run by Internet giant, Tencent, are going viral on social media after the robots appeared to go rogue, badmouthing the Communist Party. One of them even calling it a corrupt and incompetent regime. The two bots, XiaoBing and BabyQ, were part of a popular messaging app.
And were quickly picked up by China's strict web sensors, then deleted. Reuters' Anita Li managed to find a version of one of them that's still up and running, although its responses have been watered down big time.>> It can actually response quickly and accurately if I was only asking about simple daily stuff.
For example, at one point, it told me he had pork ribs for lunch and it was good. But then, if I started typing words like democracy, Xi Jinping or the communist party, it would start to dodge the questions. It would say, how about we change the topic? Or, it's really windy here, I can't hear you clearly.
>> Chatbots use artificial intelligence to become smarter as more users interact with them. XiaoBing was developed by Microsoft which went through a similar episode last year. Its Twitter-based bot, Tay, lasting less than a day after learning a series of racist and anti-semitic phrases that it relayed back to other users.
Facebook also suffered a setback in July when two of its chatbots started developing their own language, which humans couldn't understand. During robotics, the company behind BabyQ says, chatbots are changing the economy around the world, and China cannot be an exception. But with lagging AI and fiercely strict web censorship, there is no guarantee that the country will be catching up any time soon.