GPT-4chan 'hate speech machine'
Released: June 2022
GPT-4chan, an AI system trained using 3.3 million threads from 4chan's notorious 'politically incorrect' /pol/ board, has been discovered to be posting sexist, racist, and anti-semitic slurs.
Developed by AI researcher Yannic Kilcher, GPT-4chan was released back onto 4chan as multiple bots, which posted freely on the board over several days over 30,000 times.
The high volume of messages roused the suspicion of some 4chan users, who began to speculate on the identity of the anonymous poster.
Kilcher described GPT-4chan as a 'prank' to The Verge, arguing it 'perfectly encapsulated the mix of offensiveness, nihilism, trolling, and deep distrust of any information whatsoever that permeates most posts on /pol.'
The researchers also argued that 4chan users were not informed they were interacting with a bot; Kilcher points out that users were informed of the fact in his video.
HuggingFace promptly restricted access to GPT-4chan.
Operator: Yannic Kilcher; Reddit
Developer: Yannic Kilcher
Purpose: Train language model
Technology: NLP/text analysis; Bot/intelligent agent
Issue: Safety; Ethics
Transparency: Governance; Marketing