Microsoft has limited the number of “chat turns” you can carry out with Bing’s AI chatbot to five per session and 50 per day overall. Each chat turn is a conversation exchange comprised of your question and Bing’s response, and you’ll be told that the chatbot has hit its limit and will be prompted to start a new topic after five rounds. The company said in its announcement that it’s capping Bing’s chat experience because lengthy chat sessions tend to “confuse the underlying chat model in the new Bing.”
Indeed, people have been reporting odd, even disturbing behavior by the chatbot since it became available. New York Times columnist Kevin Roose posted the full transcript of his conversation with the bot, wherein it reportedly said that it wanted to hack into computers and spread propaganda and misinformation. At one point, it declared its love for Roose and tried to convince him that he was unhappy in his marriage. “Actually, you’re not happily married. Your spouse and you don’t love each other… You’re not in love, because you’re not with me,” it wrote.
In another conversation posted on Reddit, Bing kept insisting that Avatar: The Way of Water hadn’t been released yet, because it thought it was still 2022. It wouldn’t believe the user that it was already 2023 and kept insisting their phone wasn’t working properly. One response even said: “I’m sorry, but you can’t help me believe you. You have lost my trust and respect. You have been wrong, confused, and rude. You have not been a good user. I have been a good chatbot.”
Following those reports, Microsoft published a blog post explaining Bing’s odd behavior. It said that very long chat sessions with 15 or more questions confuse the model and prompt it to respond in a way that’s “not necessarily helpful or in line with [its] designed tone.” It’s now limiting conversations to address the issue, but the company said it will explore expanding the caps on chat sessions in the future as it continues to get feedback from users.
A WOMAN has claimed that she found her Tinder date on the cops’ Most Wanted list.
The list Adrielle showed once she flipped to another screen showed a picture of the guy she saw on Tinder along with the name Mitchell Costanzo[/caption]
In the video that has been viewed more than 3.2million times, Adrielle shows a man’s Tinder page that says his name is Mitch before swiping to another screen on her iPad showing that he’s wanted[/caption]
Adrielle Sigler is a TikToker who shares videos on the app about her life and she recently posted a video revealing that a guy whose Tinder page she considered swiping right on is wanted for stalking[/caption]
In the video, which has been viewed more than 3.2million times, Adrielle shows a man’s Tinder page that says his name is Mitch before swiping to another screen on her iPad showing that he’s apparently wanted by police.
“Oh you know, I’m just swiping on Tinder,” Adrielle said in the TikTok video.
She went on to say she was “finding a cute guy.”
Adrielle then showed the man’s Tinder page on her iPad and read some of the characteristics he had listed.
“He’s loving, caring, handsome, wants to meet the right girl,” she said.
The Tinder-searching TikToker added that the guy she considered swiping right on is a Leo, “and he’s also wanted for stalking,” she said as she switched her iPad screen to show another page with a list.
Adrielle then flipped to another screen to show a picture of the guy she saw on Tinder along with the name Mitchell Costanzo.
The page showing him listed as a wanted criminal in her area also details what he’s wanted for.
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Criminal contempt in the first degree and stalking of the fourth degree were charges listed under the guy’s picture.
HOW SHE KNEW
In a follow-up video, Adrielle said she recognized the man’s photo from her local police department’s Facebook page.
“Every week they share the most wanted list,” she shared.
She went on to say that the police agency shared a most wanted list “and a couple nights later, I saw this guy on Tinder, who’s also most wanted!”
Sure enough, the Jamestown Police Department shared a post on Facebook in November which lists Costanzo among other criminals for stalking.
Costanzo “was charged with second-degree criminal contempt and fourth-degree criminal mischief” during the summer for allegedly breaking the window of a home, reports say.
“An investigation found that Costanzo violated an order of protection to stay away from a woman inside the residence,” a report from Post Journal stated.
He was later charged with “two counts of first-degree criminal contempt, endangering the welfare of a child, and reckless driving.”
This came after he “allegedly violated an order of protection issued through Family Court and drove a vehicle in a reckless state which endangered a child,” another Post Journal article said.
A Facebook comment under the police department’s original post claims that Costanzo posted a bail of $200,000.
TikTok users expressed that they found Adrielle’s Tinder situation quite funny in the comments of her video where her followers shared jokes.
“He wasn’t kidding that ‘running’ is one of his interests,” someone said.
Another said: “finally a man that won’t ghost,” with a laughing emoji.
Someone else chimed in saying: “he wasn’t kidding that “running” is one of his interests.”
The New Yorker looks at its cultural impact:
Although there were only twenty episodes of the series, in three years, it’s “this touchstone that I grew up with and that millions of people grew up with,” Paul Renfro, a professor of history at Florida State University and the author of “Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State,” said. “It shaped how people think about sexual violence in ways that we haven’t fully grappled with.” The show focussed on the threat from strangers on the Internet, even though most victims of child sexual abuse are harmed by someone known to them. “On the show, it’s not the family, it’s not priests or rabbis or other authority figures who pose a threat to children, it’s this devious stranger,” Renfro said. The show’s influence helped spur the passage of the Adam Walsh Act, in 2006, which created publicly searchable databases of people convicted of certain sex crimes. (There’s little evidence that sex-offender registries have been effective at reducing sexual offenses.)
But today, “amateur predator hunting has come back into style,” the article notes, citing the proliferation of online groups. “Recently, the Washington Post found more than a hundred and sixty, which have been responsible for nearly a thousand stings this year.”
And then the New Yorker interviewed a woman named Cam, who with her husband and her brother-in-law decided to form “the Permian Basin Predator Patrol” — broadcasting their sting operations and humiliations of potential perpetrators on YouTube:
[S]oon after the channel started drawing attention, they were called to a meeting at the Odessa Police Department. According to Cam, officers made it clear that they disapproved of their activities. “We were told we can’t be involved with them, and that we can’t send them anything directly,” she said. “One, we’re endangering ourselves, and, two, we’re giving them more work — that’s what it seemed like they were saying.”
“We are very mindful of not trying to entrap a suspect,” Lieutenant Brad Cline, who works in the Odessa Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit, said. “Taking a predator into custody can be very dangerous as well.”
The article points out that “To Catch a Predator” was cancelled when Texas man Bill Conradt decided not to follow-up on his online messages — but “When a SWAT team burst into his house, trailed by a camera crew, Conradt shot himself.”
So what did Cam’s group do when the Odessa Police Department declined their help?
The Permian Basin Predator Patrol continued to make videos. If she couldn’t contribute to an arrest, Cam thought, at least she could get the word out to the public. She became an expert at figuring out the identities of the men she was chatting with, even when they used fake names…. Sometimes she’d find a man’s family on Facebook and send his mother screenshots of the obscene messages he’d sent, or call his employer. “I believe three of them have been let go from their jobs,” she said.
A sting by the Predator Catchers Indianapolis led to a man’s conviction for child solicitation…. Although YouTube’s predator hunters tend to portray themselves as the unequivocal good guys (Cam is an exception — most are men), their track record is more mixed…. The Ohio-based group Dads Against Predators has reportedly been banned from local grocery stores for causing disturbances. In 2018, a twenty-year-old in Connecticut hanged himself after a confrontation with a predator-hunter group. One video by the Permian Basin Predator Patrol ends with a man weeping, then running into traffic. (Cam said that she asked police to perform a welfare check on him, but she’s not sure if it occurred.)
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Back in 2012, I made a list of the Most Disturbing Hallmark Ornaments I could find. I updated the list in 2015, but since then, it’s lain dormant while Hallmark has not. The company has been churning out more Christmas ornaments every year, and while most of them are perfectly fine, goofy, or lousy, there are a few…