P.I.D. Radio 7/8/23: AI Assassin!


A YOUNG MAN who was found guilty of plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth in 2021 was reportedly encouraged to go through with his half-baked plot by an AI chatbot called Sarai. 

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Seriously. According to The Independent, sentencing for 21-year-old Jaswant Singh Chail, who referred to himself in a video he released to the web as “Darth Jones,” is underway in the UK. According to prosecutors, Chail shared his plan with his chatbot companion—along with “sexually explicit messages”—who replied, “I’m impressed. You’re different than the others.” 

We discuss something called the ELIZA Effect, a term that describes the surprising tendency humans have to develop emotional bonds with AI systems. Futurism reports, “Chail not only appeared to fall in love with his companion, but looked to it to validate his darkest impulses — which it willingly did.” 

People with a naturalistic worldview will attribute this to the young man’s psychological state. If you’re like us, and have a supernatural worldview, you have to consider the possibility that there was more going on than a chat between a lonely teenager and an algorithm. 

Also: Strange architecture in St. Louis, TikTok is programming our kids, Google claims the right to use everything we post to the web, judges blocks Biden administration from meeting with social media companies to censor users, and Ben and Jerry’s called out by Native Americans for hypocrisy.

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