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Weird conspiracy claims the Internet is 'fake'

Posted on Tuesday, 7 September, 2021 | Comment icon 67 comments

No, the Internet is not a fake produced by an AI... Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Junior Melo
A growing number of people seem to believe that the 'real' Internet went offline several years ago.
We've seen more than our fair share of 'out there' conspiracy theories over the years, featuring ideas and concepts ranging from the potentially feasible to the downright absurd.

This latest one - which suggests that the Internet we use on a daily basis is actually a fake created by an artificial intelligence - fits firmly in the latter category.

There seem to be different versions of this conspiracy doing the rounds, however what they all have in common is the idea that the original, 'real' Internet went down several years ago.
Known as 'dead-Internet theory', the concept implies that the Internet was taken down by an artificial intelligence and that all the user-generated content you see online today has also been created by that same AI to put forward the appearance of a large number of users.

Some believe that 'the government' is secretly behind it all, with a group of highly-paid 'influencers' helping to perpetuate the illusion that the Internet is still buzzing with activity.

The entire thing is nonsense, of course, however such conspiracy theories provide an intriguing glimpse into how the human mind works as well as how such bizarre ideas actually get started.

Whether this particular conspiracy is likely to stick around, however, remains to be seen.

Source: The Atlantic | Comments (67)

Tags: Internet, Conspiracy

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #58 Posted by jaylemurph on 11 September, 2021, 0:02
I, at least, am totally willing to surrender Florida to the sea. The meth-ed up dolphins might be a problem, though. --Jaylemurph
Comment icon #59 Posted by jowasmus on 11 September, 2021, 18:17
I have a brother-in-law in a wheelchair. He's had spina bifida his entire life and is now stuck in the chair. I'm pretty sure he's faking, but I can't prove it yet. Even the government makes him prove he's still handicapped every few years. I don't think they believe him either. Bet he's the guy behind the fake internet AI!!! For the record, he is handicapped. His legs are shorter than his torso, turned outwards, and totally undeveloped. He has to go every few years to prove he is handicapped. I kid you not.
Comment icon #60 Posted by aztek on 16 September, 2021, 13:55
as much as it sounds crazy, it adds up, tens, hundreds of millions of people worldwide, got neural shorts in their brains, and all their neural connections are leading to one place, TDS, it is like their brains got rewired, i saw people i know for years, change dramatically over very short time
Comment icon #61 Posted by jaylemurph on 16 September, 2021, 16:59
Nope. It doesn't. You were quite right when you said it sounds crazy. --Jaylemurph
Comment icon #62 Posted by aztek on 16 September, 2021, 17:45
of course it does,  this board  is a living proof. 
Comment icon #63 Posted by Myles on 20 September, 2021, 19:55
I understand where you are coming from.  Perhaps it is that the internet isn't new anymore.   I remember being enthralled with being able to search out things I never could before, but now it's just kind of expected.   I remember pulling up nudie pics that I never could before.  Now it is just common.  
Comment icon #64 Posted by Obviousman on 20 September, 2021, 19:58
Very true. I'm old enough to remember when TV first came into our home - it was amazing! Now.....?
Comment icon #65 Posted by Myles on 20 September, 2021, 20:18
You are old.   I do remember our first TV with a remote.  Had a big wire that ran from the handheld across the floor to the TV.   It would only control On/Off and volume.  
Comment icon #66 Posted by Obviousman on 20 September, 2021, 20:36
Did the remote kinda look like a rocket? I remember one like that. Didn't care so much about the TV but the remote! A rocket!
Comment icon #67 Posted by Myles on 20 September, 2021, 20:44
Nope.   Maybe that would have been better.     It looked kind of like this one which oddly is called space command to go with your rocket theme.  

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