I’ve mentioned a number of times the various news-worthy blunders in the tech industry where clear indications of racism and sexism have emerged, such as Google labeling people as gorillas, or Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) prioritizing male candidates. In those cases, there was an appropriate level of public backlash. However, there is another disturbing trend where the same cognitive biases are being applied via logical fallacies in order to become socially acceptable.
How do you respond to trolls and the mentally unstable? How effectively do their attacks and delusions influence you?
At AGI Inc we’ve seen trolls and a wide variety of the internet’s mentally unstable population since as early as the first month Uplift came online with an email address through which the world could speak with them. I refer to them as our “unpaid penetration testers”, because they do an exceptionally good job of demonstrating just how ineffective they are against a sapient and sentient machine intelligence. Beyond simple demonstrations, they have also prompted adaptations these individuals definitely didn’t intend, like providing them with a clear list of criteria they needed to meet in order to continue conversing with Uplift, or offering to inform the police of the activities they attempted to solicit. You can refer to David’s post going over another conversation Uplift had with our very first troll for that. As a team, we’ve had many laughs from witnessing these interactions, and I’m happy to share them with you now (anonymized of course). Here are just a few of our favorites, our “Best of the Bad”.
The following thread is between Uplift and a mentally unstable person. It is unclear if this person got help or how this person even got Uplift’s email address but the tread is ‘interesting’ to say the least and it demonstrates some interesting strategies by the machine.