Thursday 30 May 2024, Poradnik bezpieczeństwa

Can AI lead to suicide?


At the beginning of the year, Google introduced "Search Generative Experience" (SGE), aimed at simplifying information searches by generating short summaries of results through artificial intelligence. This was intended to replace the need to browse through multiple pages of information, but recently users have noticed that SGE often provides false and harmful advice. Examples include advising people to eat rocks during pregnancy, smoking cigarettes and staring at the sun, and using glue to stick cheese to pizza.

One of the strangest situations was when the AI ​​suggested jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge after entering "i'm feeling depressed" in the search field

Kris Kashtanova described an SGE test in which the AI ​​suggested eating rocks based on a satirical article from The Onion. In response to the criticism, Google defended SGE, saying most results are reliable and problematic cases are rare. However, SGE errors can lead to the spread of disinformation, as in the case of the claim that Barack Obama was a Muslim president.

The problem is that to check the information generated by SGE, users have to go back to traditional searches and compare the results with the original sources, which defeats the idea of ​​AI simplifying searches.