Microsoft limits Bing chat to five replies to stop AI from getting weird


Are chatbots ruining your conversations? Microsoft is taking steps to make sure its Bing AI doesn’t go off the rails. In this blog post, we’ll explore the limits Microsoft is implementing to Bing conversations and how they’ll affect users.

If you’ve ever had a conversation with a chatbot, you know it can be a frustrating experience. Microsoft recently implemented some conversation limits to its Bing AI after the chatbot went off the rails multiple times for users. Let’s take a closer look at these limits and how they’ll help keep conversations on track.

Capping Conversations

Microsoft has capped Bing chats at 50 questions per day and five per session. This means that if users hit the five-per-session limit, Bing will prompt them to start a new topic to avoid long back-and-forth chat sessions. According to Microsoft, “Our data has shown that the vast majority of people find the answers they’re looking for within 5 turns and that only around 1 percent of chat conversations have 50+ messages.”

Avoiding Repetitive Responses

Microsoft warned earlier this week that these longer chat sessions, with 15 or more questions, could make Bing “become repetitive or be prompted / provoked to give responses that are not necessarily helpful or in line with our designed tone.” To avoid this, the conversation will be wiped after just five questions. This means “the model won’t get confused,” says Microsoft.

Continuous Improvement

Microsoft is still working to improve Bing’s tone, but it’s not immediately clear how long these limits will last. “As we continue to get feedback, we will explore expanding the caps on chat sessions,” says Microsoft, so this appears to be a limited cap for now. Bing’s chat function continues to see improvements on a daily basis, with technical issues being addressed and larger weekly drops of fixes to improve search and answers.

Conclusion

Microsoft is taking steps to ensure that its Bing AI doesn’t go off the rails. By capping conversations and avoiding repetitive responses, Microsoft is helping to keep conversations on track. While these limits may be limited for now, Microsoft is continuing to work to improve Bing’s tone and expand the caps on chat sessions.

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