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Google's AI offers some strange advice on how to capture Bigfoot

By T.K. Randall
February 29, 2024 · Comment icon 14 comments
Bigfoot walking through the forest.
Probably best not to let an AI head up a Bigfoot hunt... Image Credit: Bing AI / Dall-E 3
So far nobody has been able to prove Bigfoot exists, let alone capture one, so how would an AI approach the problem ?
With artificial intelligence slowly but surely becoming an increasingly significant part of our lives, it stands to reason that sooner or later, AI would be consulted in an effort to help solve some of the world's most prominent unsolved mysteries.

In a recent piece on Bigfoot by The Daily Star, this is exactly what the authors did.

The artificial intelligence consulted in this particular instance was Google's Bard AI which was asked the somewhat tongue-in-cheek question of how one might go about capturing a Sasquatch.

The AI's response was bizarre, to put it mildly.
To begin with, it suggested that prospective Bigfoot hunters employ "elaborate displays with flashing lights, strange sounds, and irresistible scents to pique its curiosity and draw it out."

This was followed up with the suggestion that a "giant net" be used to actually capture the animal because the average Bigfoot is "large enough to be caught in a giant net."

Google's Bard AI then decided that it would be a good idea for the creature's kidnappers to dress up in elaborate Bigfoot costumes and attempt to infiltrate its community.

"Create life-sized, realistic Bigfoot suits and costumes... to gain trust," it said.

Suffice to say, it's unlikely we'll have to worry about this particular AI taking over the world anytime soon.

Source: Irish Star | Comments (14)




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Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 2 months ago
AI certainly can give ideas to try on any given topic... may be one of it's greatest strength. Even if the ideas are wrong or ludicrous, it might spur creative approach to difficult problems. I believe this general concept has been shown to actually work in certain cases. I do have a problem with AI "hallucinations" though. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin 2 months ago
At the very least it should say "If Bigfoot exists it likely existed a long time ago and no longer does" AI disturbs me. Not so much in the scary "control all world nukes" way, but rather in ways of wrong information, inaccessible information, skewed information, redacted information, ultra-realistic deepfakes, unsolicited commentary, and opinion-shaping. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Dejarma 2 months ago
yep... for example: would you honestly be comfortable with a computer/ AI driving you & your family about? Fekin no way would I!!! no no no  A little computer glitch can loose files/ A little computer glitch could now loose lives- how's that for progress ?  
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin 2 months ago
Yeah. The only fully autonomous vehicle I would feel remotely safe in would be one on restricted tracks. But I guess some people have little or no issue, so OK for them. I hear there are 1 or 2 cities that have approved self-driving taxi cabs. No thanks, but I might try it One Time just for fun. As you pointed-out, glitches can happen in the sensor electronics or the AI freaking-out/mis-programmed. What if someone hacked the system? Both those vehicles and regular vehicles can hit-the-breaks if, say, a kid darts in the street in-between cars. But a human driver can do what it can not. I can te... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dejarma 2 months ago
yep... something i've been saying for years! the servers running it all= great terrorist target 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 months ago
Ask the AI how to capture an extra terrestrial. hmm... 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Dejarma 2 months ago
go on then, ask
Comment icon #12 Posted by Gumball 2 months ago
I don't think at this point AI studies anything.  Most, if not all of these programs are still fed data and come to a conclusion based on what is in there.  I'm not saying that at some point it won't be a free roaming technology but at this point it is still database led.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Dejarma 2 months ago
AI is fed data, studies it & comes to a conclusion- that's all we as humans do isn't it!? The point is there's a chance AI will see something we humans missed because it looks at data in a different way, maybe.....
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