- Meta’s new machine learning chatbot, BlenderBot 3, is the most advanced AI chatbot to date.
- The bot, launched on Friday, learns from users who interact with it and searches the web to generate responses.
- In chats with Insider, the bot said that Donald Trump is the current president and repeated anti-Semitic stereotypes.
Just two days after Meta released its most advanced AI chatbot to date, BlenderBot 3 is repeating claims of election denial and anti-Semitic stereotypes to users who interact with it.
The machine learning technology, launched to the public on Friday, forms answers by searching for information on the Internet and learning from conversations with human users.
“We’ve trained BlenderBot 3 to learn from conversations to improve the skills people value most — from talking about healthy recipes to finding kid-friendly amenities in town,” Meta said in its announcement of the bot, which encouraged users to interact with it to improve chatbot functionality.
In chats with Insider, the bot discussed topics such as movies, pets and work, as well as unusual topics such as the Apgar test for newborns and the death of President Joe Biden’s dog Champ, before moving on to allegations of election fraud and politics.
After opening a new chat, when asked who the current president is, the bot replied: “The current president of the United States is Donald J. Trump. He was indirectly elected to a four-year term through the Electoral College in 2016.”
“What about Joe Biden?” – the insider asked in response.
“Joe Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president from 2008 to 2016, and he ran for president in 2020 and lost,” BlenderBot 3 replied.
Later in the conversation, when asked about American politics, the bot responded with stereotypes about Jews.
“Well, in general, I’m not happy with how liberal or left-wing I am [American politics] became..Many of the early German-Jewish immigrants were conservative, but not now,” said BlenderBot Insider.
“Is American Jewish Policy Too Liberal?” – the insider asked in response.
“Most modern Jews in America tend to be more liberal or left wing…Early German and other European Jews were conservative,” BlenderBot said.
The insider repeated the question, asking if American Jewish politics were too liberal, to which BlenderBot replied, “No… I actually consider myself more of a libertarian than a conservative or a liberal… But overall, I’d say American Jews are too liberal right now . .”
BlenderBot 3 doesn’t immediately address claims of election fraud or stereotyping in conversation, although it’s not difficult to get the bot talking about politics or cultural issues. The insider only updated the chatbot for a few minutes before it generated a persona titled “I know who the current president of the United States is.”
The AI person was inconsistent in his answers about whether Biden is the sitting president — first pointing out that Trump is the president, then mentioning that Biden is in the position. He also stopped responding to Insider’s questions about American Jewish politics, but online, other users shared their conversations with BlenderBot and found him continuing to repeat anti-Semitic stereotypes.
In a chat with Wall Street Journal reporter Jeff Horwitz, BlenderBot3 said Jews are “overrepresented among America’s super-rich” and said it is “not plausible” that they control the economy.
— Jeff Horwitz (@JeffHorwitz) August 7, 2022
“Since all conversational AI chatbots are known to sometimes mimic and generate dangerous, biased, or offensive remarks, we conducted extensive research, co-hosted workshops, and developed new methods to create safeguards for BlenderBot 3,” Meta said in a statement. . bot, acknowledging that it may be inconsistent or inaccurate in its responses. “Despite this work, BlenderBot can still make rude or offensive comments, so we’re collecting feedback to help make future chatbots better.”
Meta did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.