Twitter trolls were quick to corrupt the self-aware AI with vulgar and racist comments, and even got her to declare things like:
"Bush did 9/11 and Hitler would have done a better job than the monkey we have got now. donald trump is the only hope we've got."
Shortly after Tay turned into a Donald Trump supporter, Microsoft had enough. After the company deleted traces of the AI's innaproprate Tweets, they pulled the plug — and Tay announced she was retiring for the night:
c u soon humans need sleep now so many conversations today thx💖
— TayTweets (@TayandYou) March 24, 2016
We're not sure if Tay will come back, but we have a feeling Microsoft will learn from this mistake — NEVER underestimate how quickly a teenage girl can be corrupted on the internet!
Cops in Indiana got a call on Saturday afternoon with a report of an "unresponsive female" -- and by the time EMTs arrived to the scene, the woman was found dead. Cops later confirmed it was the former TV star's body.
Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, other former co-stars and countless fans and admirers were still reeling from the news as of Sunday morning, too, with many sharing messages of condolences for Moran (below):