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» Sorry Google. Your AI is Dangerous

 



Google is a popular search engine that can help people to quickly find information on the internet. Now the company has developed a powerful new Artificial Intelligence model called Gemini AI. But some of Gemini's answers to queries are raising eyebrows. It’s not just that the answers are wrong but in some cases are proving to be dangerous.


In one case, when a user searched for a solution to her problem of feeling depressed, AI suggested jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. 


In another case, when someone asked about making pizza, AI suggested, “You can also add about ⅛ cup of non-toxic glue to the sauce to give it more tackiness.”


Still other alarming reports indicated Gemini has told users to eat rocks for better digestion and to clean their washing machines with chlorine gas.


Less serious but equally erroneous replies, some humorous, claimed Barack Obama is a Muslim, President John Adams graduated from the University of Wisconsin 21 times, and that a dog played in the NBA, NFL, and NHL sports leagues.


It appears that AI can be careless about where it gets its information. It has used articles from The Onion, a satirical website, and Reddit posts that are created by site members by means of voting.


Google defends its product. “The vast majority of AI Overviews provide high quality information, with links to dig deeper on the web,” Google said. “We conducted extensive testing before launching this new experience to ensure AI overviews meet our high bar for quality. Where there have been violations of our policies, we've taken action — and we're also using these isolated examples as we continue to refine our systems overall.”  


The practice of AI engines making things up is known as “hallucinations.”


Comment: Without question, our machines come in handy. It took me longer to ask Google what 123,456 times 123,456 is than for the search engine to provide me with the answer–15,241,383,936. I have no reason to believe that answer is not accurate.


Computers can store tons of information without forgetting, help us find the best roads to take when going from place to place, help us fix our broken machinery, and much more. So, we don’t want to “throw out the baby with the bathwater.”


And human brains are surely capable of making mistakes as serious as AI. Is abortion the solution to unwanted pregnancies? Can we live a healthy life eating only fast food? If we evolved from apelike creatures, do we really need God?


The successes we have achieved thanks to our technology are entirely due to the intelligence God has given the human race. Our mistakes are a result of the loss of perfection that the first humans once enjoyed.


Thanks to God we have a source that never offers us bad advice. It may take us longer to find answers to our spiritual questions in the Bible, but we can rest assured that these answers are entirely accurate. And it shouldn’t take us long to find the answer to the crucial question of how to be saved. John 3:16 is a good starting point.


For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”


By Warren Krug


Reference: Ben Turner,”Google's AI tells users to add glue to their pizza, eat rocks and make chlorine gas,” Live Science [May 25, 2024].

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Decades ago I attended a so-called Lutheran university where I could have lost my faith. The science professors promoted the theory of evolution and made fun of anybody who believed in the account of creation as presented in the book of Genesis. Thanks be to God, some creationist literature and the Bible soon helped get me back on the right track. Ever since then I have taken an active interest in the creation/evolution controversy.

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