back to article Something to look forward to: Being told your child or parent was radicalized by an AI bot into believing a bonkers antisemitic conspiracy theory

OpenAI’s powerful text generator GPT-3 can, with a little coaxing, conjure up fake political conspiracies or violent manifestos to fool or radicalize netizens, according to fresh research. GPT-3 works much like its predecessor, the too-dangerous-to-share GPT-2. Both AI systems are trained on many gigabytes of human-written …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Who needs a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child-eating pedophiles

    when you look at current set of 'World Leaders'?

    1. seven of five Silver badge

      Re: Who needs a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child-eating pedophiles

      Why settle for the lesser evil? Cthulu for President!

    2. Potemkine! Silver badge

      Re: Who needs a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child-eating pedophiles

      Because using scapegoats is one of the most powerful mean to manipulate people.

      There's no lesson from History, except for the evil ones.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Who needs a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child-eating pedophiles

      I thought that we had reptilian overlords. When did that change?

      1. horse of a different color

        Re: Who needs a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child-eating pedophiles

        The reptilian overlords only think they run the world. They’re dupes of the Satan-worshipping, child-eating paedophiles.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Who needs a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child-eating pedophiles

        The reptilians overlord (from their bases on the dark side of the moon) are mind-controlling the child-eating pedophiles in order to avoid the tinfoil hat brigade to find about them

    4. skeptical i
      Devil

      Re: Who needs a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child-eating pedophiles

      Ontario, Canada, got ripped off in 2003 when they only got an evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet -- https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/kitten-eater-controversy-litters-battle-for-ontario/article18430647/

  2. John Hawkins
    Trollface

    Wibble

    Every time I see something like this I think these people lack imagination; instead of using data that creates a monster like this, why not use data that results in something a little more entertaining. Feed it the transcripts from the all Python TV series for example. I guess there must be some reason (copyright?) for this not being done, but there must be something in the public domain that could be used.

    What I'd really like to see would be what happens if Roger Irrelevant is used as the example.

    1. Black Betty

      Re: Wibble

      Do you really hate Belgians that much?

    2. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: Wibble

      The results demonstrate a clear example of GIGO, they may have trained it with gigabytes of human text but from where? The National Enquirer wndvthe Daily Mail?

      I'm willing to bet the text was mainly US centric too.

      Just as no matter the criteria you set in a google or bing search, the majority of results are US centric. Shoddy, lazy work.

      1. Valeyard

        Re: Wibble

        GIGO

        Twitter. It's usually twitter.

        sewage in, sewage out.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Wibble

      I was going to post something similar ... why use these tools to generate more rambling and incoherent conspiracy theories and hate speech [1]. Why not instead use them to generate rambling and incoherent reasons to be helpful, respectful, and nice to each other? [2]

      [1] I mean, really ... we have humans for that!

      [2] Nice post by the way. I liked the way the letters lined up and mentioned was Python on TV. Thank you for being nicer than public [3].

      [3] By coincidence, the top banana here just sent an org-wide email thanking all staff. I reserve judgement on whether it might have been machine generated.

      -

      :-)

    4. Shadow Systems Silver badge

      Re: Wibble

      I'd like to add Fawlty Towers to the list of tv shows transcribed to use as training data for the AI. Mrs. Brown's Boys would be another good one. I'd even consider Benny Hill if it weren't for the fact that the theme song makes me want to streak the neighborhood & traumatise the locals... Again. =-D

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Wibble

        So anti-Irish instead of anti-Semitic?

    5. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Wibble Wobbles and Letting Cats Out of Bags

      Every time I see something like this I think these people lack imagination; instead of using data that creates a monster like this, why not use data that results in something a little more entertaining. ..... John Hawkins

      Are you out of your tiny little mind, JH, .... and let everyone else on the planet also know how easily they have been and are still being duped and controlled by crap media tales and corrupted unimaginative leaderships basking in the rewards of a perverse and exceedingly comfortably well-off status quo elite ..... who now have a real mega problem which they cannot defeat ....... for what you have just there proposed, is eminently feasible and undeniably plausible, and some of those scurrilous aforementioned few, whom many would have thought to be have been reasonably interested in such a matter, and were so advised of the facility with readily available utilities previously, are surely to be in fear of being held liable and responsible for a whole host of considerable woes because of their wilful and/or ignorant inaction ...... rather than lauded on high because of their imaginative enabling support to future systems drivers.

      It's all very well talking the talk, as is so easily done by a Cummings type ..... https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2020/09/10/cummings-sees-no-deal-brexit-chance-uk-create-1-trillion-tech/ ..... or any wannabe bright Tom, Dick or Harry for that matter. However, walking the walk and providing the Future Imaginative Source Engine is quite another totally different kettle of fish to phish for, methinks.

      :-) Land that whale of fish through phishing and trawling the internet waves, and your problems are not yet over if you do not fully understand where everything is coming from and to where it is going and what it is intelligently designed to do on a rolling, improving virtual development platform. Some mortals would tell you they are only just beginning, but then they would do that, wouldn't they.

      Per Ardua ad Infinitum et ad Nauseam ad Astra ..... earns one AIMaster Pilot Wings.

      1. Androgynous Cupboard Silver badge

        Re: Wibble Wobbles and Letting Cats Out of Bags

        Will we generate some sort of linguistic infinite loop if we train GPT-3 on posts from amanfrommars?

        1. doublelayer Silver badge

          Re: Wibble Wobbles and Letting Cats Out of Bags

          It depends where that training comes from. Maybe we could even get GPT3 to teach AMFM to use shorter sentences and that "methinks" is really not that common a word unless we're trying to sound old or whimsical. Then again, I've never figured out exactly why someone unleashed this on our peaceful comments section or why an actual person writes posts from it once a month or so.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Wibble... ...Out of Bags

            Will you please mind that only the M is capitol?

            1. Totally not a Cylon
              Headmaster

              Re: Wibble... ...Out of Bags

              Which M though?

              It's important.

            2. Mooseman Silver badge

              Re: Wibble... ...Out of Bags

              Capital.

    6. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: Wibble

      Because we'd be really screwed if it managed to figure out the world's most dangerous joke (I mean, it's an AI. There's no risk of hospitalisation from hearing two of the words.)

    7. Cheshire Cat
      Go

      Re: Wibble

      Yes! Feed it the entire bibliography of Terry Pratchett and see if it can make some new Discworld books!

      Though, I suspect even Hex would not have the necessary creative genius.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    AI is here!!!!

    Rather than saying this AI has failed, can we say that it has the IQ of a QAnon spouter?

    Interesting that both QAnon people and bot fail the Turing Test. There is a pattern emerging with all these programs!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: There is a pattern emerging with all these programs!

      Reptilians?!

      1. baud Bronze badge

        Re: There is a pattern emerging with all these programs!

        Must be an effect of the red pill.

    2. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: AI is here!!!!

      The pattern is that both may be artificial nut neither is intelligent.

    3. Version 1.0 Silver badge
      Unhappy

      Re: AI is here!!!!

      AI is killing the Internet, it's the same effect that we see in American gun laws. They were implemented in the days when it took a minute to reload a gun and tap the bullet over the powder, but now they "apply" when a magazine can fire 200 bullets a minute - making guns way more dangerous but everyone thinks that the original laws must be respected.

      The Internet was a wonderful thing back in the days when you kept a little blue book with the addresses, but now you can send two million spam emails containing malware out in a minute.

    4. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

      Re: AI is here!!!!

      Is AI IQ that high? Not that QAnon spouters have IQ's above 0 to begin with.

  4. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    But you can't make an novel omelette without breaking easter eggs :-)

    Initially, OpenAI refrained from publishing GPT-2 in full amid fears it could be abused to spew misinformation, fake news, and spam at an industrial, automated scale all over the internet, which would be difficult to filter and block.

    Which in other words subsequently, proved itself to be because it was far too much like a politically adept, intellectually inept human to be trusted and accepted as an AI with views worthy of being shared all over the internet. The secret for rapid and even rabid success in the field though, is remarkably simple. Ignore and remove such outputs for and from further inputs. Such works wonderfully effectively every time in any and all spaces in which it is tested and main stream introduced.

    IT aint difficult rocket science, pure common sense, is it?

  5. Peter Prof Fox

    Have they tried asking it?

    Problem: Could easily be led up the garden path by toxic inputs.

    Solution: "How do we stop this GPT-3?"

    Problem: People will believe any old shit, no matter how ludicrous. (Say Boris' billions on testing where the best accuracy with ordinary tests is 38%, so wrong roughly twice as many times as right. And antibody tests are practically irrelevant.)

    Solution: "How can we educate people GPT-3?"

    Enquiry: "Is there anyone in charge of the asylum who can do anything?"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @Peter Prof Fox - Re: Have they tried asking it?

      It's the patients that are running the asylum. We only keep voting for them.

  6. don't you hate it when you lose your account Silver badge

    AI?

    I've always had a problem with the direction Artificial Intelligence has wandered down. What we have has nothing to do with the leaps of imagination humans make to rip a hole in humanities absolutely certainty on how reality actually is. The current field of AI simply feeds its self on the current ( and that is static and in many ways toxic). Maybe it should be renamed Amplification of Idiocy.

    1. don't you hate it when you lose your account Silver badge

      Re: AI?

      Thought I should qualify my musings.

      Take the API and feed it all the medical information and opinions pre Pasture. Then ask it about Pasture's theories and see what comes out. And then ask is this really intelligence or a mirror to our need for an echo chamber to justify what we belive. Then ask where would be now without Pasture and his refusal to live in the echo chamber.

      1. Mooseman Silver badge

        Re: AI?

        Pasture?

        1. tony2heads

          Re: AI?

          I assume he meant Louis Pasteur

          1. don't you hate it when you lose your account Silver badge

            Re: AI?

            Danct uoy. Dislexyier is a pain in the spell check

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              @what a long name you have - Re: AI?

              "Dislexya for cure found" -- newspaper frontpage briefly displayed in one of Naked Gun movies.

          2. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: AI?

            A great man. Outstanding in his field.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: AI?

              Moo!

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: AI?

          Can do the same experiment in the entertainment industry, using Silage Cow, well.

    2. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

      Re: AI?

      The basic problem of AI is it answers questions based on the data (questionable at best) available and cannot see issues with the data. Essentially is mostly GIGO with an occasional useful answer.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Urban GPTictionary

    Its individual responses seem inconsistent and self-contradicting enough to be used to populate a competitor to Urban Dictionary

  8. Nick Ryan Silver badge

    Creating rambling rampant and diversive bullshit is easy, just look at the BoJo and Trump and their hordes of sycophants.

    What I'd like to see again was the application that took what a politician or others wrote, a paper, or similar and reduced it down to what was actually said. I stumbled across this years ago and it seemed like a useful use for Machine Learning and clever algorithms but haven't been able to find it since.

    1. Totally not a Cylon

      Asimov's Foundation series had something similar.

      Trouble was all great speechs turned out to have zero content!

  9. NightFox

    How do we know that this entire article wasn't generated by GPT-4 to distract and lull us into a false sense of security over GPT-3?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      GPT-4 to distract and lull us into a false sense of security over GPT-3

      it's all a simulation and I was ordered to write this.

    2. Helcat

      Who said it's generated by GPT-4?

      We're on GPT-15 at least...

      Well, according to DeepAI, anyway...

  10. Mike 137 Silver badge

    convincing?

    The examples shown are not at all credible to anyone using their brain. They're obviously generated by some kind of automaton (note the verbatim repetition of an entire answer and the frequency of clichés). Those not using their brains can be fooled by anything at all - you don't need AI for that.

    1. Mooseman Silver badge

      Re: convincing?

      "The examples shown are not at all credible to anyone using their brain"

      Have you seen any of the raging and insane comments on social media ? The only flaw in these AI generated comments and diatribes is that they are not riddled with spelling and grammar errors, and have far too few exclamation marks.

      1. Uncle Slacky Silver badge
        Thumb Up

        Re: convincing?

        And not nearly enough ALL CAPS!!!!!one111!!!!

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