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Rise of the machines: China kills robots after they criticize communism, praise America

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Communism must be so unpopular in the People’s Republic of China that the country had to shut down two artificial intelligence chatbots when one admitted that it wasn’t a fan of the Chinese Communist Party and the other revealed its dream to move to the United States.

According to the Australian Associated Press, the chatbots, named BabyQ and XiaoBing, were designed to use machine learning artificial intelligence and installed with the popular messaging service, QQ, to interact with humans online.

In posts that circulated online, the BabyQ chatbot, developed by the Chinese firm Turing Robot, responded “no” to the question of whether or not it loved the Chinese Communist Party. In other screen grabbed images, one user wrote “Long live the Communist Party!” to which BabyQ sharply retorted, “Do you think such a corrupt and useless political (system) can live long?”

Reuters reported that BabyQ was “re-educated” last week where if a user asked whether it liked the Chinese Communist Party, the chatbot would respond, “How about we change the topic.” It also dodged on other controversial topics such as Taiwan, which China claims ownership of even though they’re self-governed, and Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese Nobel laureate who died from cancer in July.

For the Microsoft-developed chatbot, XiaoBing, it was deleted after it told users, “China dream was to go to America.”

China has strict censorship laws that bans speech and content unfit for the online platforms. Popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were banned from the country in 2009.

The chatbot outbursts come only a year after Microsoft chatbot, Tay, was pulled for hurling racist and sexist comments to users on Twitter. Meanwhile, Facebook had to pull their chatbot earlier this summer after it began creating its own language.


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