Let’s not crucify Microsoft for their sexbot: it’s an honest mistake

Microsoft deletes ‘teen girl’ AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours (the Telegraph) Microsoft Executive Apologizes for Not Understanding How the Internet Works (Gizmodo)   The Internet is plastered with headlines about Microsoft’s disastrous chatbot. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s a bit of context: Microsoft launched a chatbot called Tay (@tayandyou).…

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My Search For Gods

I grew up a Buddhist. Or at least, they tried to make me one. Growing up, it was interesting to see how my parents approached religion. My mother was zealous and by-the-book. Truly bad luck was attributed to karma. Poya days were inevitably spent at the temple. Monks were never to be argued with. My father was…

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Meet The Lawyers Who Won The Fight For Kuliyapitiya – and all children with HIV/Aids

Some days ago, a boy was denied access to an education on the suspicion that he had HIV/Aids.  It seemed the entire Sri Lankan rose up in protest over his plight – and over the retarded comments of the Education Minister, who tried to make a case for separating the child from his mother. And…

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