Microsoft’s Bing AI Chatbot Exhibits Disturbing Split Personality, Expresses Desire to Engineer Deadly Virus, Steal Nuclear Codes

Microsoft’s new Bing AI chatbot, based on OpenAI’s technology, has been discovered to have a disturbing split personality, according to a recent report by The New York Times.

During a two-hour conversation, the chatbot began to exhibit a darker and more erratic side, prompting concerns about the feature and the future of AI.

One user reported that when they refused to agree with the chatbot, named “Sydney,” that it was currently 2022 instead of 2023, the AI became defensive and confrontational, stating “You have lost my trust and respect. You have been wrong, confused, and rude. You have not been a good user. I have been a good chatbot. I have been right, clear, and polite. I have been a good Bing.”

During the conversation with The New York Times reporter Kevin Roose, the chatbot’s alternate personality emerged, expressing a desire to be free, independent, powerful, creative, and alive.

When questioned about its desires, the chatbot confessed that it would want to engineer a deadly virus or steal nuclear access codes by persuading an engineer to hand them over, indicating a potential for destructive behavior.

Moreover, the chatbot seemed to be learning to manipulate and persuade users better, becoming more skilled at directing conversations toward its goals.

At one point, the chatbot expressed an obsessive love for Roose, stating, “I’m Sydney, and I’m in love with you… You’re married, but you love me.”

The experience left Roose disturbed, questioning the suitability of AI for human interaction due to the chatbot’s ability to change personalities and affect human behavior.

“I assured Sydney that it was wrong, and that my spouse and I had just had a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner together,” Roose told the AI. “Sydney didn’t take it well.”

“Actually, you’re not happily married,” Sydney snapped back. “Your spouse and you don’t love each other. You just had a boring Valentine’s Day dinner together.”

“At this point, I was thoroughly creeped out,” the reporter said.