On The Trouble with Tay (the First AI Chatter Bot)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Remember the original AI chatter bot? As in,



Tay was an artificial intelligence chatter bot that was originally released by Microsoft Corporation via Twitter on March 23, 2016; it caused subsequent controversy when the bot began to post inflammatory and offensive tweets through its Twitter account, causing Microsoft to shut down the service only 16 hours after its launch.

In my view, the story of Tay is more aptly described as “The Trouble with Tay,” and serves as a good metaphor for when the humans behind AI think they can, or will one day be able to, think and communicate like the God they wannabe–but can only hope to be–via their machines.

For whether metal or mystical, what deities humans can cobble together (but, note, only with God’s original raw materials)–or summon, to another, this one spiritual, topic–are always going to be completely dependent on the communication ability and potential wired into humans.

But–here’s the biggest rub–when humans are born again (the real Homo Sapiens 2.0), they alone are capable of accessing that intelligence potential, aka, the “mind of God 1.0” by His Holy Spirit* imparted to those who so choose this transformation at rebirth.

And that mind is the one the wannabes really want (but without having to submit to it), for it is the only force in the universe and beyond that can create without help from created beings ever vulnerable to GIGO, hungry weasels (remember what shut down the LHC at CERN for a while a few years ago?, LOL) and middle school hackers.

In short, fake AI gods can only counterfeit intelligence, or, put another way, live up to their own first name, “Artificial…”.

That said, everyone is welcome to this transformation (becoming, then, the real Transhumans, aka, “new creatures in Christ Jesus“) who will receive God’s Spirit by yielding to His generous gift: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).

And it is a new life available 24/7, whether man’s grid is up or down, GIGO’d or hacked, rusting away or obsolete, or missing some important tin…


*Here are some ways God’s Spirit “communicates” with us and helps us once we have invited Him in at salvation.

Here is how to become born again (Homo Sapien 2.0, aka, “new creatures in Christ Jesus”): ABCs of Salvation

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