Italian sex chat bot
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“I thought we should be able to use the things that we work with every day to help,” says Greg, a senior product manager at Microsoft, who asked not to disclose his last name to avoid recriminations from people involved in the sex trade.
“NGOs had strategies that were pretty effective but no way to scale them.”The pair’s initiative first took shape when they entered the philanthropic category of Microsoft’s annual week-long hackathon in 2012.
Instead, though, we were sent to the homepage and given the option to watch the Australian version of its “Feel Everything” ad in “Safe for Work,” “Feel Everything” or “Not Safe for Work” modes.
(In case you wondered—because we did—the main difference between “Feel Everything” and “Not Safe for Work” is that the latter has similar quick-shots of passionate lovemaking, except with more ass-grabbing.
Limitations of the software have produced mixed results for businesses, but the deter-o-bot has proven good enough at its job.“It helps that the guys who are buying sex are not paying much attention to the human being on the other end of the phone,” says Beiser, of Seattle Against Slavery.
Microsoft itself stumbled with its Tay research chatbot that accidentally started talking dirty, but the sex-trade bot does not learn from people it talks to in the same way.
The system can distinguish between male and female voices, and interpret multiple languages, including English, Italian, French, Portuguese and Polish. It isn’t clear how the analysis works (how does one measure “mystery”? We tried it twice and the percentages changed, though overall results were more or less the same—mysterious and sensual, while hopelessly wanting in sophistication and intensity. The bot then kicks you to Skyn’s website, where you can check out which of its condom boxes suit you best.
The voice analyzer is meant to be a promotion for its newest Unknown Pleasure collection, a grab-bag of warming, cooling, tingling, textured and even cocktail-flavored condoms.
The technology is not a product of Microsoft itself.