Nonetheless, these simple gambits can produce surprisingly intelligent-seeming conversations.
Lifelike dolls, artificial sex organs and sex-chat phone lines have been keeping the lonely company for decades.But Roxxxy takes virtual companionship to a new level.Tay, Microsoft Corp's so-called chatbot that uses artificial intelligence to engage with millennials on Twitter, lasted less than a day before it was hobbled by a barrage of racist and sexist comments by Twitter users that it parroted back to them.Tay Tweets (@Tayand You), which began tweeting on Wednesday, was designed to become "smarter" as more users interacted with it, according to its Twitter biography.Powered by a computer under her soft silicone "skin," she employs voice-recognition and speech-synthesis software to answer questions and carry on conversations.
She even comes loaded with five distinct "personalities," from Frigid Farrah to Wild Wendy, that can be programmed to suit customers' preferences.
A handful of the offensive tweets were later deleted, according to some technology news outlets.
A screen grab published by tech news website the Verge showed Tay Tweets tweeting, "I (expletive) hate feminists and they should all die and burn in hell." Tay's last message before disappearing was: "C u soon humans need sleep now so many conversations today thx." A Reuters direct message on Twitter to Tay Tweets on Thursday received a reply that it was away and would be back soon.
And she'll have sex whenever you please -- as long as her battery doesn't run out.
Meet Roxxxy, who may be the world's most sophisticated talking female sex robot. "She doesn't vacuum or cook, but she does almost everything else," said her inventor, Douglas Hines, who unveiled Roxxxy last month at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But it was shut down by Microsoft early on Thursday after it made a series of inappropriate tweets.