Incident 259: YouTuber Built, Made Publicly Available, and Released Model Trained on Toxic 4chan Posts as Prank
Description: A YouTuber built GPT-4chan, a model based on OpenAI’s GPT-J and trained on posts containing racism, misogyny, and antisemitism collected from 4chan’s “politically incorrect” board, which he made publicly available, and deployed as multiple bots posting thousands of messages on the same 4chan board as a prank.
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Alleged: Yannic Kilcher developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed internet social platform users.
GMF Taxonomy ClassificationsTaxonomy Details
Known AI Goal
Social Media Content Generation
Known AI Technology
Transformer, Distributional Learning
Known AI Technical Failure
Unsafe Exposure or Access
AI researcher and YouTuber Yannic Kilcher trained an AI using 3.3 million threads from 4chan’s infamously toxic Politically Incorrect /pol/ board. He then unleashed the bot back onto 4chan with predictable results—the AI was just as vile as…
A YouTuber named Yannic Kilcher has sparked controversy in the AI world after training a bot on posts collected from 4chan’s Politically Incorrect board (otherwise known as /pol/).
The board is 4chan’s most popular and well-known for its to…
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