Imitating humans, the Korean chatbot Luda was found to be racist and sexist. https://t.co/SoOpasaUni— VICE Asia (@viceasia) January 13, 2021
Korean chatbot Luda, developed by a South Korean startup was shut down on Tuesday after complaints of vulgarities and hate speech.
The startup Scatter Lab said that it would temporarily suspend the AI chatbot. Apologizing for the hateful remarks it sent. Luda was a 20-year-old female university student, fan of the K-pop girl group Blackpink.
Launched in December, Luda learned to talk by analyzing chat records acquired by the company’s other mobile applications. Unaware their information was fed to the bot, some users planned to file a class-action lawsuit against the company.
Before the bot was suspended, users said they received hateful replies when interacting, sharing screenshots showing that Luda said “disgusting” in response to questions about lesbians.
Another user, shared screenshots of a chat where Luda called “Black people” heukhyeong, meaning “black brother,” a racial slur in South Korea, ending the message with a crying emoticon.