New York Post
‘Heil no’ to app’s AI Hitler
An AI app has been hit with backlash for allowing users to chat with controversial figures from history — including Adolf Hitler.
Historical Figures uses artificial intelligence to create “text conversations with robots meant to simulate the perspectives of notable people,” NBC reports.
The app, which became available on Apple’s App Store this month, allows users to chat with over 20,000 virtual personalities, including Plato, Princess Diana, Abraham Lincoln and Jesus Christ. Critics say the inclusion of dictators such as Hitler makes the “education” app unfit for schools.
Yaël Eisenstat of the Anti-Defamation League told NBC News: “Having pretend conversations with Hitler — and presumably other well-known antiSemites from history — is deeply disturbing and will provide fodder for bigots.”
The app’s creator, Sidhant Chadda, said it’s a work in progress: “If . . . the model’s output is racist, sexist or hateful in content, I actually omit the response entirely,” he told NBC.