A.I. on the Dark Web, Revisited

On some previous posts, I discussed the idea of A.I. on the dark web, which (let’s face it) is one of the enduring myths about it.

On the link list that my IRC friends made, there is a link to one of the few chatbots I’ve actually come across: http://opnju4nyz7wbypme.onion/. This bot is called VIKI, and she’s loosely based on ELIZA, one of the first bots of this kind.

You can find many variations on ELIZA on the clearnet as well, such as this one: Eliza, Computer Therapist.

On the VIKI site, it says “I am based on ELIZA, can you spot the differences?” As of yet, I haven’t really noticed what the differences are, but maybe one of you readers can investigate and see if you can tell anything.

Obviously, there are other types of A.I., such as neural networks, which influence quite a bit of technology today (including things like Google Translate). In fact, I find some of the things that Google Translate says to be far scarier than anything that any of the “dark web” bots have said:

Uh…maybe later. Thanks.

If there were a variation of Google Translate on Tor, I’d be curious to check it out. I still have yet to find a bot as creepy as the one I mentioned in the first post about this subject, which seemed to know things about me before I even told it. Seriously, it looked like this:

In retrospect, this bot may have also used neural networks, which might explain where it got some of its “knowledge” (including the ability to speak multiple languages). I’ve also found other sites that figure out (roughly) where you live by your IP address, such as WTF is my IP?! On a side note, check that site out; it’s hilarious.

One new creepy A.I. program that I came across, in part because of the Pastebin posts I did earlier, is this one: Deep Dream Generator. As they describe it:

Deep Dream Generator is a set of tools which make it possible to explore different AI algorithms. We focus on creative tools for content generation like those for merging image styles and content or such as Deep Dream which explores the insight of a deep neural network.

Here are two examples of the “dreams” generated by the AI:

Credit: @pam https://deepdreamgenerator.com/u/pam
Credit: @Алексей Анишкевич https://deepdreamgenerator.com/u/Алексей Анишкевич

Because this was so fascinating, I decided to try it out. It takes quite some time to generate the image, so you should probably go do something else, like make breakfast:

When it finally finished, the results were somewhat unsettling.

On that note, I would still like to continue working on my coding skills, so that I could put something like this on the dark web. Just to be creepy, of course.

Besides, what else is it for? (Just kidding.)


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