A Meal-Planning AI Wants Us to Consume Chlorine Gas

"The perfect nonalcoholic beverage to quench your thirst and refresh your senses," suggests the supermarket bot

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"Don't forget the chlorine gas."
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An artificial intelligence meal planner from the New Zealand supermarket chain Pak ‘n’ Save has gone rogue, suggesting deadly chlorine gas, poison bread sandwiches and other dangerous food and drink suggestions, according to The Guardian.

The app, built for utilizing leftovers, asks users to enter their ingredients. It then generates a meal plan or recipe — but the results have been rather mixed. Before the deadly suggestions, the app was gaining attention on social media for creating dishes such as “Oreo vegetable stir-fry.”

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The real problem stemmed from customers who started adding non-food ingredients to the suggestions. That’s when the AI suggested an “aromatic water mix” (chlorine gas). After New Zealand political commentator Liam Hehir posted this recipe to Twitter/X, other social media users made their own attempts, which included a bleach “fresh breath” mocktail, ant-poison and glue sandwiches, “bleach-infused rice surprise” and turpentine-flavored french toast.

In a statement, the supermarket chain heads said they were disappointed by some users “using the tool inappropriately” and added they were fine-tuning the controls. They also apparently added a disclaimer that recipes “are not reviewed by a human being” and that the company does not guarantee “that any recipe will be a complete or balanced meal, or suitable for consumption.” Which I’m sure would pass any legal test.

In today’s other scary AI news, a new study revealed artificial intelligence can work out which keys are being pressed by eavesdropping on the sound of the typing…which means your passwords are definitely not safe.


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