Microsoft is taking another shot at giving users a friendly AI-driven bot conversation partner. On Monday, the company released Zo, a chatbot that users can converse with on the Kik messaging platform.
Zo is a follow-up to Tay, the tech giant’s first foray into friendly, English-speaking chatbots. It’s clear that the company has learned from its first attempt, when the chatbot was turned into a font of white supremacist propaganda by malicious users.
In contrast, Zo adamantly refuses to discuss political matters. Even a casual mention of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s conversation with the leader of Taiwan led the bot to say that it wasn’t interested in discussing politics.