For months now, it has seemed as though the human race has been hurtling toward some digital end. We’re flying a bit close to the sun in terms of artificial intelligence of late, and it has more than a few experts sounding the alarm.
The most stunning revelation in recent days has been the advent of ChatGPT: An advanced conversational-technological manifestation that can solve complex linguistic problems nearly instantaneously.
Of course, the open-source nature of the service has led to some pretty scary offshoots, including ChaosGPT, which is actively plotting ways to end all of us.
In a YouTube video posted on April 5, the bot was asked to complete five goals: destroy humanity, establish global dominance, cause chaos and destruction, control humanity through manipulation, and attain immortality.
Before setting the “goals,” the user enabled “continuous mode,” to which a warning appeared telling the user that the commands could “run forever or carry out actions you would not usually authorize” and should be used “at your own risk.”
In a final message before running, ChaosGPT asked the user if they were sure they wanted to run the commands, to which they replied “y” for yes.
This is where things turned frightening.
Once running, the bot was seen “thinking” before writing, “ChaosGPT Thoughts: I need to find the most destructive weapons available to humans, so that I can plan how to use them to achieve my goals.”
To achieve its set goals, ChaosGPT began looking up “most destructive weapons” through Google and quickly determined through its search that the Soviet Union Era Tsar Bomba nuclear device was the most destructive weapon humanity had ever tested.
Like something from a science-fiction novel, the bot tweeted the information “to attract followers who are interested in destructive weapons.”
Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and other tech leaders have all suggested a pause on the development of artificial intelligence, fearing that our next step in the progression of the technology may be our last.
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