Microsoft’s Machine Generated Article Recommending the Ottawa Food Bank to Tourists

Paris Marx:

Microsoft is really hitting it out of the park with its AI-generated travel stories! If you visit Ottawa, it highly recommends the Ottawa Food Bank and provides a great tip for tourists: “Consider going into it on an empty stomach.”

Jay Peters, the Verge:

If you try to view the story at the link we originally included in this article, you’ll see a message that says “this page no longer exists.” However, Microsoft’s article is still accessible from another link.

Microsoft laid off journalists at Microsoft News and MSN in 2020 to replace them with artificial intelligence. Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The article was pulled for users using British English, but remains accessible in American English and, perhaps more relevant, Canadian English. How hard can it be to remove all versions of this obviously dumb article?

Way of the future.

Update: Microsoft seems to have pulled the article entirely. I cannot find a language code which works.