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Weird conspiracy claims the Internet is 'fake'

Posted on Tuesday, 7 September, 2021 | Comment icon 62 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 (62)

Tags: Internet, Conspiracy

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #53 Posted by theSOURCE on 9 September, 2021, 18:36
Fake or not, the Internet sucks these days. A person can't even use it to get laid anymore, what with all the monitoring and list making and freaky catfish crap. I say let it die. Then, from the ashes will arise a new and better phoenix, that will allow human beings to literally plug their heads into each others' and experience the true horrors of walking in someone else's shoes. It will bring a whole new meaning to the word "sharing".  
Comment icon #54 Posted by Rlyeh on 9 September, 2021, 19:05
Tried Grindr?
Comment icon #55 Posted by Xetan on 9 September, 2021, 23:17
I've been active online for the past twenty years, since I was just a kid, and it really has changed quite a lot and mainly for the worst. UM is kind of a bastion of older web forums which has managed to survive the dawn of social media, but millions of other communities haven't, new ones don't catch on, and the likes of Reddit and Facebook have fundamentally changed netiquette, if you will. The Internet is no longer the exclusive domain of enthusiasts interacting with one another, it's now much more like a public park. As a consequence, corporations actually give a **** now, and they've sanit... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by Berwen on 10 September, 2021, 15:01
It is really scary that these people walk amongst us and we hear them. OMG
Comment icon #57 Posted by AlphaGeek on 10 September, 2021, 19:16
Don't tell Al Gore. He is already p.o.'d that Florida, and New York didn't sink like 8 years ago.
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. 

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