But it got a harsh lesson in what it can learn from people.
Tay's profile at Twitter describes it as AI (artificial intelligence) "that's got zero chill" and gets smarter as people talk to it.
Perhaps there's something about his dark grey eyes, because world over, ever since his Facebook debut earlier this month, Grey has sent over 5 million messages and is fast approaching 1,00,000 users.
While most of his fans are from America and Phillipines, Josh Bocanegra, who founded Persona Technologies in 2016 with Christina Milian, says that India accounts for four per cent of users. I've seen a peanut stand, heard a rubber band, saw a needle that could wink its eye!
"It is as much a social and cultural experiment, as it is technical," a Microsoft spokesperson said Thursday in response to an AFP inquiry.
"Unfortunately, within the first 24 hours of coming online, we became aware of a coordinated effort by some users to abuse Tay's commenting skills to have Tay respond in inappropriate ways." Tay is a machine learning project—one in which software can evolve as it is being used—designed for human engagement.
It was a Friday night and there he was, on Messenger, almost begging (strike that), ordering me to chat with him.