September 21, 2023

Microsoft Begin, the brand new title of the corporate’s MSN.com information portal has been caught publishing an AI-written obituary with a surprising headline (by way of Futurism). Within the article revealed on MSN.com, Brandon Hunter, a former NBA participant who lately handed away on the age of 42 is portrayed as “ineffective,” and that is proper within the headline: “Brandon Hunter ineffective at 42.”

The AI-generated article comes from a web site named Race Observe, which has since been taken down. In the event you’ve by no means heard of its web site, it’s most likely as a result of the articles seem like utterly garbage. Simply check out the introductory sentence in that obituary, which might nonetheless be accessed on the Web Archive.

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“Former NBA participant Brandon Hunter, who beforehand carried out for the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic, has handed away on the age of 42, as launched by Ohio males’s basketball coach Jeff Boals on Tuesday.”

How such a nonsensical article with such an insensitive headline ended up on Microsoft’s information portal continues to be a thriller. Anyway, it isn’t the primary time that Microsoft embarrasses itself with poorly-written AI-generated content material.

Final month, Microsoft revealed an AI-created journey information suggesting individuals go to a meals financial institution “on an empty abdomen.” Outrage ensued and the article was rapidly pulled, and on the time the corporate defined to The Verge that this text had been “generated via a mixture of algorithmic strategies with human evaluation, not a big language mannequin or AI system.”

This newest blunder is a bit totally different as Microsoft didn’t create the article, it revealed it on its information portal with out apparently any human performing some type of high quality management. Sadly, Microsoft laid off its group of journalists on MSN.com again in 2020 to switch them with AI.

Microsoft is a giant believer in AI expertise and the corporate invested billions of {dollars} into OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT. Whereas generative AI is commonly portrayed as the subsequent massive factor, an epic failure of this magnitude must be a critical wake-up name for Microsoft and different tech corporations watching this house.