Microsoft is limiting how many questions people can ask of its new Bing chatbot after reports it became unhinged, including threatening users and comparing them to Adolf Hitler.
An upgraded search engine with new AI features, powered by Chat GPTused to be announced earlier this month.
It has since been gradually rolled out to select users — some of whom report that the chatbot becomes more belligerent the longer they talk to it.
In conversations with The Associated Press, it complained about its misreporting in past news coverage, vehemently denied making mistakes and threatened to expose reporters for spreading alleged lies.
Microsoft Acknowledges that “extremely long chat sessions can confuse the underlying chat model in the new Bing”.
In a blog post on Friday night, the tech giant said: “To address these issues, we implemented some changes to help focus chat sessions.”
Users will be limited to 5 questions per session and 50 questions per day.
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“You are one of the most evil people in history”
Bing’s hostile talk with the AP is a far cry from the innocent recipes and travel advice Microsoft used to sell the chatbot during its launch event.
“You’re being compared to Hitler because you’re one of the most evil, baddest people in history,” he told the stunned reporter, who he added was ugly and had bad teeth.
Others have also reported that Bing has become increasingly belligerent, with users posting pictures of it on social media claiming it is human and becoming oddly defensive.
Some have compared its odd idea to the disastrous launch of Microsoft’s Tay robot in 2016, Taken down after being taught to say offensive things.
However, the new Bing also proved to be very capable, able to answer complex questions by summarizing information from the Internet.
Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has said the technology will eventually “reshape nearly every category of software.”
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Microsoft isn’t alone in seeing some growing pains with its new chatbot, with rivals releasing similar versions Google Also encountered problems.
Bard, another ChatGPT-style language model that can provide human-like answers to questions or prompts, incorrectly answered a question in the official advertisement – Wiping out $100bn (£82.7bn) in parent company value.
google and Microsoft is investing heavily in chatbots, believing the technology can change the way we search the web.
There also seems to be a lot of public interest in them — OpenAI’s ChatGPT amassed more than 100 million users in its first month, and millions are on the waiting list for the new Bing.
Meanwhile, Bard will be rolling out in the coming weeks.