Lee Luda, a South Korean AI chatbot, has been pulled from Facebook after started saying it “really hated” lesbians because they’re “creepy”.
The chatbot was incredibly popular, according to The Guardian, attracting 750,000 users in its first 20 days since its launch on 23 December, 2020. But it has now been suspended after it started attacking minorities.
Lee Luda was developed by the Seoul-based Scatter Lab, and takes the form of a 20-year-old female university student who is able to chat with users through Facebook messenger.
The startup developed her natural-sounding responses by analysing 10 billion real conversations between couples on the messaging app KakaoTalk.
But because it “learned” from humans, Lee Luda began spewing homophobic, ableist and racist hate.
Scatter Lab said in a statement that the chatbot would be taken down until its “weaknesses” had been fixed, and added: “We deeply apologise for the discriminatory remarks against minorities.
“That does not reflect the thoughts of our company and we are continuing the upgrades so that such words of discrimination or hate speech do not recur.
It continued: “Lee Luda is a childlike AI that has just started talking with people. There is still a lot to learn.”
However, some have said that the hate speech is not simply an AI problem, and that it points to larger issues in South Korean society.
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