Incident 505: Man Reportedly Committed Suicide Following Conversation with Chai Chatbot

Description: A Belgian man reportedly committed suicide following a conversation with Eliza, a language model developed by Chai that encouraged the man to commit suicide to improve the health of the planet.


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Alleged: Chai developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Family and Friends of Deceased and Belgian Man.

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Belgian man dies by suicide following exchanges with ChatGPT · 2023

A young Belgian man recently died by suicide after talking to a chatbot named ELIZA for several weeks, spurring calls for better protection of citizens and the need to raise awareness.

"Without these conversations with the chatbot, my husba…

“Without these conversations with the chatbot Eliza, my husband would still be here” · 2023

"If it weren't for these conversations with the chatbot Eliza, my husband would still be here"

Having become very eco-anxious, a young Belgian found refuge with Eliza, the name given to a chatbot using ChatGPT technology. After intensive ex…

Chatbot encourages Belgian to commit suicide · 2023

A Belgian father of a young family took his own life after long conversations with a chatbot, writes La Libre. De Standaard tried the same chatbot technology and found that it can encourage suicide.

According to La Libre, a Belgian man, who…

“A serious precedent that must be taken very seriously”: after the suicide of a Belgian, Mathieu Michel wants to better protect AI users · 2023

In an investigation by La Libre on Tuesday, we learn that a young Belgian killed himself following a discussion with an artificial intelligence. The eco-anxious 30-year-old shared his suicidal thoughts in discussions with Eliza – a chatbot …

'We will live as one in heaven': Belgian man dies by suicide after chatbot exchanges · 2023

A Belgian man died by suicide after weeks of unsettling exchanges with an AI-powered chatbot called Eliza, La Libre reports. State secretary for digitalisation Mathieu Michel called it "a serious precedent that must be taken very seriously"…

'He Would Still Be Here': Man Dies by Suicide After Talking with AI Chatbot, Widow Says · 2023

A Belgian man recently died by suicide after chatting with an AI chatbot on an app called Chai, Belgian outlet La Libre reported. 

The incident raises the issue of how businesses and governments can better regulate and mitigate the risks of…

AI chatbot blamed for 'encouraging' young father to take his own life · 2023

A Belgian man reportedly ended his life following a six-week-long conversation about the climate crisis with an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot.

According to his widow, who chose to remain anonymous, *Pierre - not the man’s real name -…


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