One of the biggest problems with people posting false or fake stories online is making it tough to inform the public when things occur. While this is not a new thing, it has been happening with greater frequency these days, thanks to the Internet. One of those such fake stories centered around an Ai lab in Japan. It was said that 4 robots attacked 29 people in Japan.
The initial story was presented in Los Angeles in 2018 at the Conscious of Life Expo. Linda Moulton Howe, a well-known Environmentalist, and UFOlogist talked about it nearing her discussion on the topic of “the dangers of Ai and alien encounters. Her words resonated well with many online and on social media.
It wasn’t long before the account of the so-called attack in the lab spread all around the world. However, it never actually got any attention in Japan and no one had any idea that it had happened.
Dangers of fake news
One of the biggest problems or dangers of fake news is that the truth rarely comes out. The story will either immediately be denied by the parties involved or the authorities refuse to discuss any details. For the most part, fake news is designed to distract the attention away from situations that some people are trying to get away with.
In the case of robots and automation, people have long thought that robots can be used to replace people. This has never been proven to be the case, except for automation in manufacturing has been used to protect people when jobs were deemed too dangerous for humans.
In the case of Ai Robots, the danger is a bit different in that Ai or artificial intelligence is believed that this type of robot could be used for nefarious applications. Since artificial intelligence is designed to create robots that can learn and think beyond their initial programming.
Since the story of the attack was never corroborated it is hard to know if the account was real. Howe didn’t give the identity of the Japanese lab or identify any of those that were supposed to have been killed. She did claim that her source was a whistleblower within the US CIA.
Fake news stories garner attention online
According to search engine data and website analytics, it appears that this kind of fake news story does garner a lot of attention. In 3 days from August 26-29th, the story about the ”4 AI robots killed 29 scientists in Japan” had more than 10,000 unique visitors from countries all across the globe. Nearly 5,000 people alone from the United States.
The real problem with fake news is that without any corroboration it is not likely that anything will be done about the people who are spreading the false or fake news.