Apr 6, 2021
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Borris Strader

PALO ALTO, CA - Elon Musk and others have been warning the world about the dangers of artificial intelligence for many years, and today those warnings are coming back to the forefront of conversations as the latest AI breakthrough makes headlines around the world. 

Phinder, a startup based in Palo Alto, CA has created an AI that can immediately find Waldo on any page in any of the Waldo books. The longest it took to find Waldo was 0.03 seconds, and the shortest time was 0.01. Due to the obvious danger of this development, Phinder immediately cut the power to Wally (their nickname for the program), fearing that if it could find Waldo, it could also find a way to break out of its isolated server and onto the open internet.

Phinder CEO Ralph Wahlberg (no relation to Mark) told The Unicornian “Look, we get that people are scared. People wonder why we do this research in the first place. But think of it from our perspective. We want to make a lot of money. Eventually someone was going to create an AI this powerful anyways, so isn’t it better that it’s us than someone else?”

Wahlberg intends to turn the AI back on, arguing that the benefits outweigh the costs. But AI experts around the world are voicing their concern. Prominent AI-ologists say that while it might just be finding Waldo right now, an AI that is THAT good at finding things could also be programmed to find more nefarious things, and that it should be destroyed before it destroys us.

More on this story as it develops.

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