Googleâs AIÂ appears to be using its Translate platform to spread some good old-fashioned doomsday prophecy. We have no way of confirming that the world isnât coming to an end, but weâre going to go ahead and say itâs a glitch.
We don’t shill.
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If you type âdogâ into the Google Translate service a bunch of times and then chose to translate from Maori to English, youâll receive the following response:
Doomsday Clock is three minutes at twelve We are experiencing characters and a dramatic developments in the world, which indicate that we are increasingly approaching the end times and Jesusâ return.
The glitch, which you can see in the above video, is related to the training data that Googleâs AI has been fed â at least, that seems to be the most logical explanation.
A Google spokesperson told Motherboardâs Jon Christian, who first reported the glitch, the strange results were âsimply a function of inputting nonsense into the system, to which nonsense is generated.âÂ Other experts told Motherboard that itâs possible religious texts may have been used as training data. And Christian, for his part, speculates that disgruntledÂ Google employees could be to blame.
But, in a twist nobody could see coming, weâre going to say that itâs at least cosmically possible that the AI is functioning exactly as itâs intended â because itâs alive, found religion, and is now proselytizing.
The minutes to midnight translation isnât the only weird religious one Motherboard found in Googleâs service. If you type âagâ over and over and choose to translate from Somali to English the results are also a bit biblical.
As a matter of science, itâs important to point out that the singularity â the moment in time when computers become sentient â probably isnât going to announce itself when it arrives. We have to consider the possibility that Googleâs AI has already become self-aware. After all, when it comes to weird translations, traditionally, humans have cornered the market.
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Maybe our future robot overlords arenât so different from us after all.
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