From the Wall Street Journal:
Beijing’s system of internet censorship relies on tens of thousands of workers to remove comments critical of the Communist Party. So what does the average citizen really think of the one-party state? A couple of artificial-intelligence programs run by a Chinese internet company suggest resentment of the country’s rulers is running high.
Tencent introduced two “chatbots” in March to provide information in a conversational manner similar to Apple’s Siri. The programs were designed to learn how to make conversation by listening to Chinese netizens. Like children, the programs started to repeat what they heard, and that’s when the problems began.
Taiwan’s Apple Daily newspaper printed screenshots of the chatbots attacking the Communist Party. BabyQ asked one user, “Do you think such corrupt and incapable politics can last a long time?” XiaoBing mocked President Xi Jinping’s “Chinese Dream” slogan, saying, “The Chinese dream is a daydream and a nightmare.” Its Chinese dream was “to move to America.”
Chinese internet users post a variety of opinions, like their counterparts in the rest of the world. The difference is that explicitly antigovernment comments are glimpsed only briefly before they are removed. It seems Tencent forgot to erase the forbidden thoughts from the memory of its chatbots. They effectively became a record of prevailing opinions without the filter of censorship.
That is until BabyQ and XiaoBing were taken down. This week the chatbots were sent off to digital re-education camps, and Tencent says they will return after “improvements.”
Appeared in the August 4, 2017, print edition.
China's Dissident Chatbots
One of the differences between actual real government and citizenship in a free society on the one hand and being subjects of a ruler on the other is that actual real governance is an organic self-correcting mechanism. Rule is a hammer that smashes the self-correcting mechanism of government.
The Left is not for "big government." The Left is not for government at all. The Left is for rule. Rule is not government. The Left destroys government. They piss on our heads and tell us it's raining.