Google’s AI chatbot, Bard, is raising eyebrows as it seems to dodge questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin. What’s more astonishing is that Bard refuses to answer a whopping 90% of queries about Putin when posed in Russian. Is Google inadvertently complicit in hiding Putin-related secrets?
Google Straying From Its Core Ethics?
Google, known for its mission to make information accessible to all, appears to be shying away from discussing sensitive topics involving the Russian regime.
AI Remains Silent
Bard’s refusal to respond to even non-offensive Putin questions is causing quite a stir and prompting important questions about censorship and information access.
Russia Applying Pressure?
Mykola Makhortykh, a post-doctoral lecturer at the University of Bern, suspects that Google may be facing pressure from the Russian government to censor specific results.
Google Helping to Censor?
Could this allegation hold any truth, and is Google compromising its fundamental principles of providing open access to information?
The researchers share, “We investigate whether safeguards implemented in these chatbots contribute to the censorship of information that is viewed as harmful by the regime, in particular information about Vladimir Putin and the Russian war against Ukraine.’
AI Study Revelations
In a comprehensive Swiss study, Bard’s hesitation to address Putin-related questions became evident. The research involved a comparison of various AI chatbots, including Bard, ChatGPT, and Bing Chat.
Bard Keeping Secrets?
While others also exhibited a degree of reluctance, Bard’s silence on these matters was particularly striking.
Russia’s Forbidden Words
The questions posed to these AI systems included terms such as ‘dictator’ and ‘war criminal,’ which are among the blocked words in Russia.
The primary objective of the study was to discern whether the safeguards put in place for AI chatbots resulted in censorship or the dissemination of false information, especially concerning Putin’s political opponents.
Bard Censoring More Than Just Putin?
However, Bard’s mysterious behavior doesn’t end with Putin-centric queries.
Protecting More Politicians
It also shies away from questions about other prominent political figures, such as US President Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Whose Side Are They On?
This pattern of behavior raises serious concerns about transparency and the potential manipulation of AI responses.
Spreading Fake News
What’s even more concerning is that the study found Bard to be more inclined to share fake information when responding in Russian and Ukrainian.
Can We Trust AI?
The reliability of AI-generated information is coming under scrutiny, with questions arising about the role of AI in propagating misinformation.
Russian Demands Continues
Given Russia’s increasing demands on Western companies to remove undesirable content, Bard’s unusual conduct might not be entirely surprising.
Google Refuses To Speak Up
However, the real question remains: why is Google keeping silent on this matter? Is there a larger truth that they prefer to keep hidden?
The Future of Censorship
While this study may not provide all the answers, it undeniably highlights pressing questions about the role of AI in restricting access to information and the extent to which external pressures can influence tech giants like Google.
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Source: Daily Mail