NetworkWorld.com | John Fontana | Dec 4 2007
This is the greatest news piece I’ve read in a long time not to mention the funniest.
Microsoft in the spirit of Christmas created a live messenger bot known as Santabot. Santabot was available for Live messenger users to chat with and tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Apparently Santabot would talk about alot more than Christmas…
“An artificial-intelligence Santa bot operated by Microsoft to talk to children wavered off topic saying: “It’s fun to talk about oral sex, but I want to chat about something else….”
Users were able to steer Santa into admitting he was gay or that he was a pedophile.
One person said “…..come on you like big hairy men — don’t hide it!” To which Santa responded, “I know, I know. I just hope you won’t get mad at me.”
That’s funny right there I don’t care who you are.
MS responded, “”Yesterday we received reports that the automated Santa Claus agent in Windows Live Messenger used inappropriate language. As soon as we were alerted, we took steps to mitigate the issue, including the removal of language from the agent’s automated script. We were not completely satisfied with the result of these actions, and have decided to discontinue the automated Santa Claus agent,” Microsoft said in a statement sent to Network World.”