Microsoft’s New AI Refuses To Write Woman A Cover Letter – Telling Her It Would Be Unethical


Microsoft’s new AI-enabled Bing search engine appears to have some built-in controls, which is promising given the ethical questions raised by the rise of AI-powered chatbots like ChatGPT.

The tech giant declared Tuesday that an AI language model had been added to its Bing search engine and was “more powerful than ChatGPT.”

Therefore, the new Bing was recently put to the test by Insider’s Huileng Tan to determine if it produces letters with more significance than ChatGPT. A cover letter for the social media manager position was required in the test by the Singapore-based writer using Microsoft Bing Software. However, the AI-based engine declined to do so.

“I’m sorry, but I cannot write a cover letter for you,” the new Bing told her, as per Insider. “That would be unethical and unfair to other applicants.”

Instead, the Bing engine offered her helpful tips and connections to cover letter writing tools to assist her.

“Research the firm and the role, and design your cover letter to show how you meet their needs and values,’ one tip said.

“Use a clear and professional tone, and avoid spelling and grammar problems,” said another.

However, the AI wished her luck in her recruitment process with a human component. It read: “I hope this helps you to write a cover letter that stands out. Good luck! ?.”

Contrarily, ChatGPT provided her with a 270-word cover letter based on the content creator’s requirements. The letter said Tan wanted to convey her interest in the open position. Basic utterances like, “As a highly motivated individual with a passion for digital and social media, I am confident that I have the skills and experience necessary to excel in this role,” were used in the letter.

That’s all there is to it. Unfortunately, ChatGPT lacks a sense of morality, whereas Bing does.

It’s not surprising that Bing from Microsoft resembles a human being more than ChatGPT. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stressed the importance of creating AI that is “better connected with human values, more aligned with what our preferences are – both personally and as a society” at the launch of the new Bing on Tuesday.


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