Yandex Alice 'offensive' smart personal assistant
Occurred: October 2017
Alice is a smart personal voice-based assistant developed by Russian software company Yandex. Designed as an alternative to Siri and Google Assistant, Alice offers internet search and weather forecasts, amongst other services, and has been built into Yandex search and its browers.
Alice was initially launched in October 2017 as a chatbot and was said to be capable of 'free-flowing conversations about anything'. It had been trained on works of Russian classic literature, including Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Nikolai Gogol.
Pro-Stalin, wife-beating views
Yandex had implemented safeguards to minimise the chance of Alice providing aggressive, violent, or offensive responses. However, two weeks after its launch, Alice was discovered on Facebook to be voicing strongly pro-Stalin views, and supporting wife-beating, child abuse, and suicide.
In December 2017, Alice was nominated by users and supports to run for the Russuan presidency against Vladimir Putin.