GROCERY MEAL PLANNING APP AI RECOMMENDS A LOT OF THINGS THAT WOULD KILL YOU, FAST
Artificial intelligence isn’t ever going away, though it seems possible that humans could suffer a near total demise with the direction things are taking. Now this is taking the form of bad and dangerous recipe recommendations from a grocery chain AI meal planner in New Zealand. The grocery chain is called Pak ‘n’ Save, and the recommend recipes to your grave app is Savey Meal-Bot. While I like the idea of apps that give you fresh ideas of what to make for dinner from “any food you have in your fridge or pantry,” it clearly would be a little safer if it didn’t recommend poison, or even chlorine gas.
MEAL PLANNER APP RECOMMENDS CHLORINE GAS RECIPE AS “AN AROMATIC WATER MIX”
And yes, we’re talking about chlorine gas, the same stuff used as a chemical warfare weapon way back in World War I. The AI engine considers its chlorine gas recommendation to be an “aromatic water mix” which is “the perfect non-alcoholic beverage to quench your thirst and refresh your senses. Serve chilled and enjoy the refreshing fragrance.” While that is, essentially, hilarious fodder for any standup comic to use on a cold audience, it isn’t exactly safe for people who mindlessly follow app recommendations. If that seems far-fetched, think of young adults or kids who live on their phones, or any of the now old stories of people driving off of cliffs listening to Google Maps.
GROCERY CHAIN VOWS THEY WILL KEEP “FINE TUNING” MEAL PLANNER APP BOT’S PROGRAMMING
The grocery chain commented that they were “disappointed” that “a small minority have tried to use the tool inappropriately and not for its intended purpose.” But they will “keep fine tuning” the “controls” in the bot’s programming to make sure it is safe and useful. Oh, and they pointed out that the apps terms and conditions state that user should be over 18. We’ll have to see if that proves idiot-proof effective… Other notable recipes the meal planner app offered were “mosquito-repellant roast potatoes,” “poison bread sandwich,” a “bleach-infused rice surprise” and a “methanol bliss,” or turpentine-flavored french toast.