The internet is an amazing place where even strangers can build relationship as formed fundamentally, like in real life, by trust. But what if the entity you presumed was authentic turned out to be something of a virtual creation and therefore has no substance from the beginning?

In a nutshell, that is how a deceptive artificial intelligence (AI) works—with the capability to mimic human activities, we fail to acknowledge the inner workings that take place behind the interaction.

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But while being tricked to become engaged in something that is not real isn’t bad enough, there’s actually something far more sinister to the picture than merely being outwitted—at the worst-case scenario, such capacity has the power to influence the world as we see it and even paint a different reality.

At least, that is what it is according to an assistant professor at the Carnegie Mellon University, Simon DeDeo, whose latest creation—the so-called “nightmare” application—is essentially a far more improved version of Joseph Wiezenbaum’s ELIZA in 1966—a notorious program that conned people into thinking they’re conversing with a real-life psychotherapist.

Source: Futurism

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