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Europe's new normal and Microsoft's badmouth chatbot

In this edition of Business Line we report on the possible impact on tourism of the Brussels bombings and see how the darker elements of the internet corrupted a Twitter chatbot.

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Europe's new normal and Microsoft's badmouth chatbot

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Four months after the terror attacks in Paris another European city became a target of deadly bomb blasts.

The capital of the European Union was attacked just before the Easter holiday, at a time when traditionally people travel to take advantage of the long weekend break.

Following the attacks on March 22 many of those probably changed their plans.

In this edition of Business Line we check out the possible impact on tourism, and look at life in Brussels, home to major European institutions, as the city and its people try to return to normal, or rather to a new normal.

Plus, in our IT-dedicated segment we learn how Microsoft’s latest experiment with Artificial Intelligence went terribly wrong.

In just hours a Twitter chatbot named Tay went from cheerful and innocent posts to spewing anti-Semitic, racist and sexist invective.

It was designed to become smarter as more users interacted with it, but unfortunately learned from some of the worst people on the internet.