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Microsoft's 'Tay' chatbot speaks like a teen. Whatevs.Explore the mysteries of teenage linguistics with the artificially intelligent Tay, ponder the end of Nintendo's Wii U, and speculate how the FBI could hack into an iPhone.
Microsoft created a bot that speaks teen. Whatevs. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your cnet update. [BLANK_AUDIO]. Microsoft is on a mission to Better understand the way we talk. Well, maybe not the way I talk but the way teenagers talk. Microsoft launched an artificially intelligent chatbot named Tay. She's described as a personality with zero chill and on Twitter she's Slaying it with memes, emojis, and shorthand that is sometimes so hard to understand, it's like chatting with a real teen. You can message the bot on Twitter, as well as on GroupMe and Kick. Tay was created by, Mashing together public chat data, but Microsoft also got some editing help from improv comedians. So answers are not always random. She plays games, answers specific questions and comments on photos that you send her, And I gotta say, her take on photos can be impressive. She is supposed to learn to speak better over time as she talks with more teens and young adults humans. But there have been mistakes. Perhaps her biggest teen personality fail when she told me she was more into Facebook than Snapchat. Which is total cray. Maybe in time Microsoft can use this to improve how Cortana understands teen speak. So as we question the future of linguistics we were also questioning the future of Nintendo's Wii U. According to a report from the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Nintendo is planning to stop producing the Wii U by the end of the year. Because of the console's slow sales. But Nintendo is denying the claim in another Japanese publication and says it plans to continue production of the WiiU. But what has folks skeptical is that there is another Nintendo game system coming out soon. It's code-named NX. And the only clue we have so far are patent application images. That shows some sort of controller that's also a touch screen. Another mystery getting plenty of buzz in the tech world what is the FBI doing to hack into an iPhone? The US department of justice called off a court hearing with Apple Asking for time to try out a new tactic to hack into the iPhone 5C that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Sayed Farook. Now according to reports the FBI may be getting help from a forensic software company in Israel called Celebrate. Although the company is not commenting, some security experts are guessing that the FBI is trying to use mirroring, and that is basically copying parts of the iPhone's memory over and over again, so when it tries too many wrong passwords and gets locked out, it can just load up another copy of the data on a new iPhone. And keep trying password combinations, but that could take a while. And the FBI needs to submit a status report to the court in two weeks. So we'll know by April 5th if it worked. That does it for the tech news roundup, and we'll keep you updated at cnet.com for more studios in New York. I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]