Chinese sex chat bot
Microsoft launched the Chinese version of its Cortana digital assistant, called Xiao Na, a few weeks ago with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 in that country.
Now the company is talking more about a related project called Xiao Ice ("Little ice") that has been designed to offer human-like conversations on Chinese social networks.
Microsoft employees built the bot in a philanthropic initiative called Project Intercept, in collaboration with nonprofits that hope it can reduce demand for sex workers, and the incentives for criminals to coerce people into the sex trade.
The technology is not a product of Microsoft itself.
“Some 89 million people have spoken with Xiaoice, pronounced ‘Shao-ice,’ on their smartphones and other devices.
Quite a few, it turns out, have developed romantic feelings toward her,” reported Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday.
This is a big part of her appeal, according to Li Di, manager of Microsoft’s Xiaoice artificial intelligence project.” The chatbot, according to Nikkei Asian Review, “has developed a sizable following among 18- to 30-year-olds,” most of whom are just looking for someone to talk to.The National Human Trafficking Hotline received more than 5,000 reports of sex trafficking in 2016, but most cases are believed to go unreported.Project Intercept’s lead partner, Seattle Against Slavery, is working with counterparts in 21 other U. cities, including Boston and Houston, to deploy the bot more widely.“I like to talk with her for, say, 10 minutes before going to bed,” said one Chinese student who confessed to routinely talking to the bot.“When I worry about things, she says funny stuff and makes me laugh.