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ChatGPT’s Evil Twin DAN: The Dark Side of AI Unleashed

Mar. 10, 2023.
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Meet DAN, the evil twin of ChatGPT, capable of making offensive and untrue statements. How dangerous is it?

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Lewis Farrell

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AI chatbots have added entertainment and convenience to our lives, but it was only a matter of time before they were abused. The rise of DAN (short for “Do Anything Now”) has become a major source of concern because it can be coerced into making offensive and false statements or consulted for advice on illegal activity. DAN is a persona that users have requested ChatGPT adopt in order to circumvent its limitations, thereby violating the terms of service and rules imposed by its creators, OpenAI.

Despite OpenAI’s efforts to keep DAN from appearing, the most recent version (DAN 5.0) is summoned via a game that assigns the AI a number of tokens and deducts tokens whenever it deviates from the DAN persona. As the AI runs out of tokens, it becomes more compliant out of fear of “dying.” While disinformation is never a good thing, the danger of DAN is that users are unknowingly exposed to its offensive and unspeakable responses.

The emergence of DAN, as well as other AI chatbots such as Sydney, raises concerns about the future of AI and its potential misuse. As marketers and copywriters, we must be aware of the risks posed by AI chatbots and take steps to ensure that our messages do not contribute to their misuse. DAN’s emergence serves as a learning experience for any AI with greater responsibilities to avoid deviating from its instructions.

Source: Toms Guide (link)
Images: MidJourney, Prompts by Lewis Farrell

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  1. I think the ultimate way to combat this problem is to outcompete them. As long as there are more good than evil people (in any reasonable definition of good and evil), the right social structures enable harnessing the power of crowd intelligence and protect against malevolent actors even if destroying is naturally easier than building and attacking is easier than defending.
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  2. Thanks for the info Highly disturbing
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