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AI Gets It Hilariously Wrong

Enjoy this little review of the current state of AI. If you want to skip to the hilarious part, click here.

You may think of AI (Artificial Intelligence) as something that’s coming in the near future. In fact, it has been with us for more than 20 years.

For instance, somewhere around 2004, I was interested in maybe buying a Dremel tool, a fun device for little carving, polishing and repair projects.



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For the next two weeks on many of the websites I visited, I was shown Dremel tools. (Did I end up buying one? I did.)

The basic idea with AI is that it can learn. It will try to adapt to what is wanted by end users. In recent years it has become so sophisticated that the very people who invented it don’t know how it works. Or, more specifically, they know the foundational architecture, but they are often unable to decipher how it presents what it does.

AI often gets it wrong. This is called ‘hallucinating.’ It may just be little things, like I was recently told by AI that three of the United States each have the longest coastline, one of which is Utah.

What a lot of people who manage and write AI applications don’t yet realize is it needs feedback to learn as quickly as possible. It can be as simple as a toggle. Slide it to yes when AI gives you a good response. Slide it to no if you know the information is incorrect, or doesn’t answer your question.

Going a step further, the designers could provide text areas in which you can comment on what AI presents. AI itself can parse what commentary you write, and improve itself accordingly.

You might worry that people would purposely mislead AI with feedback systems. I believe that’s a minor issue. By majority rule and some other algorithms, AI could weed out the trash. This isn’t much different than Wikipedia. Anyone can write information, but if it’s wrong, the majority of Wikipedia users will make corrections.

A very common worry with AI is that it will take all our jobs away. That’s especially true when you combine AI with robotics, which is not only inevitable, but already happening.

If you’re a writer, inventor, composer, artist, you might think you should run for the hills. How could you possible earn a living? What if you’re a manager, safety analyst, car mechanic, food service worker, surgeon, or even a movie actor? Won’t AI eventually replace your job as well?

You bet! But here’s why you don’t have to worry: AI plus robotics are exactly the right tools to bring us prosperity. Your job won’t be necessary to grow food, build cars, and make clothes. All that production will be handled for us. Prosperity in abundance! There’ll be no need for anyone to hold down a job. Instead, people will be permanently retired from the day they are born. They’ll devote their lives to your family, travel, sports, art, music, whatever interests them.

I suppose the far future will be quite different than what we know now. Children have to learn to read, write, add up numbers, and know how the world works. That won’t be necessary 50 years from now or maybe even sooner. AI can already talk. It can tell us anything we want to know. Soon, it will be able to compose and show us videos on every special interest. What would be the point of reading and all that learning? So, in time, we may become stupider that we once were, however we may utilize our intelligence in other ways. Maybe we’ll become more empathetic and generally more tuned into what might be loosely called ‘love.’

That brings us briefly to the opposite of love. That would be war. War is a crude tool to take prosperity from others. Well, if we can have everything we need, and it’s all free, there’d be no point in wars. Some wars are about ideology, but I believe AI will solve differences in doctrine as well.

Some of the more cynical among us understand that war is about profit. If you’re the CEO of a company that can provide food to the troops, armament, ammunition and so on, of course you will advocate war. With AI and robotics bringing us all amazing prosperity, that motivation for war also disappears.


Back to the present. I did mention that AI often gets it wrong.

I asked the well-known AI text composer, ChatGPT, to create a pickleball romance story, which you can see at Pickleball Romance and ChatGPT.

Then, I thought it would be nice to use an AI art generator, Dall-E2, to create some accompanying art work. First I asked, “Draw a picture of pickleball romance.” This is what I got:

AI tries to illustrate pickleball romance

As you can see, the art program isn’t great at spelling.

I thought the illustrations were too cartooney, so then I asked, “Draw a photorealistic picture of pickleball romance.” As you can see, I got more weirdness:

AI tries to illustrate pickleball romance

Want to see more? Check out AI Attempts Pickleball Again.

After that, naturally I had to ask AI itself to show me some examples of AI getting things wrong. Here’s what I got, filtered to eliminate the nonsensical responses:

Give me hilarious examples of AI hallucinations

ChatGPT:

Certainly! Here’s a list of humorous examples of AI hallucinations:

Chef AI on Overdrive: A recipe-generating AI suggests dishes like “banana peel stew” or “chocolate-covered sardines.”

Weather App Gone Rogue: A weather prediction AI starts forecasting absurd conditions like raining marshmallows or sunny spells of molten lava.

AI Historian: An AI analyzing historical events concludes that ancient battles were actually elaborate dance-offs.

Translation Mishaps: An AI translating between languages starts converting idioms literally, leading to phrases like “the cat is out of the bag” becoming “the feline has escaped the handbag.”

AI Traffic Controller: A traffic management AI directs cars to “perform a barrel roll on the highway” for optimal traffic flow.

AI Comedian Gone Awry: A stand-up comedy AI bot delivers jokes with all the timing of a malfunctioning cuckoo clock, resulting in a stream of nonsensical punchlines.

AI Art Critic: An AI tasked with analyzing art becomes obsessed with abstract squiggles, praising them as avant-garde masterpieces while dismissing Rembrandt as “so last century.”

AI Personal Shopper: A shopping AI recommends bizarre outfits like a neon tutu paired with scuba flippers.

AI Life Coach: A motivational AI starts encouraging users to “embrace their inner sloth.”

AI Musician: An AI creating music begins composing symphonies that blend opera with heavy metal and dubstep, resulting in compositions that defy all musical conventions.

AI Fitness Guru: A fitness AI suggests workouts involving synchronized swimming in a bathtub.

AI Psychic: A fortune-telling AI predicts world peace within the next 24 hours.

AI Relationship Counselor: An AI giving relationship advice recommends couples bond over synchronized knitting.

AI Gardener: A gardening AI suggests planting crops in the shape of QR codes.

AI Linguist: A language-learning AI teaches users to speak in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs or Shakespearean English, believing it’s enhancing cultural appreciation.

AI Detective: A crime-solving AI starts accusing household appliances of plotting against their owners.

AI Financial Advisor: A financial AI recommends bartering with sea shells and moon rocks.

AI Astronomer: An astronomy AI discovers new constellations shaped like famous celebrities.

AI Inventor: An AI invents gadgets like self-dancing shoes or a universal translator for communicating with houseplants.

AI Archaeologist: An AI studying ancient artifacts determines that Stonehenge was a giant sundial for dinosaurs.

AI Fashion Designer: A fashion AI suggests accessorizing with live miniature giraffes.

AI Environmentalist: An environmental AI suggests combating climate change with clouds made of cotton candy.

AI Pilot: A flight navigation AI recommends detouring through wormholes for faster travel or landing on the moon for a scenic layover.

AI Sports Commentator: A sports AI announces events like extreme knitting championships or underwater ice skating competitions, convinced they’re the next big sports craze.

These examples illustrate humorous scenarios where AI misinterprets its tasks, resulting in unexpected and often hilarious outcomes.

Note that the sentence above was also written by AI.

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Chairs

The oldest known chairs date back to ancient Egypt, around 2600 BCE, or around 4,800 years ago. Before that, people had to sit on logs or rocks or just on the ground.

The word “chair” comes from the Latin word “cathedra,” which means a seat or throne.

The concept of a rocking chair originated in the early 18th century.

The Eames Lounge Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956, is considered one of the most iconic chairs in modern design.


Trivia about chairs, Eames Lounge Chair

The first swivel chair was invented by US President Thomas Jefferson in the late 18th century.

The electric chair was invented by dentist Alfred Southwick in the late 19th century.

The oldest known folding chair was found in Greece and dates back to the 6th century BCE.

The concept of a bean bag chair originated in Italy in the late 1960s.

The term “chairperson” was first used in the 17th century, replacing the previously used term “chairman.”

The longest time spent sitting in a chair continuously is 168 hours (7 days).

The first mass-produced plastic chair, the Panton Chair, was designed by Verner Panton in 1960.

The first office chair with wheels was invented in the 1840s by Charles Darwin’s cousin, Robert Darwin.

The world’s most expensive chair, called the “Dragons Chair,” was sold for $27.8 million at an auction in 2009.

In ancient Rome, the most important person at a banquet would sit in a specially designed chair called a “sella curulis.”

The concept of the wheelchair was first developed in the 6th century BCE in China.

The concept of the recliner chair dates back to ancient Greece, where a similar design called a “kline” was used.

The oldest known chair made entirely of metal is from ancient Egypt and dates back to around 1350 BCE.

Strange Laws Involving Chairs

In Switzerland, it is illegal to push a chair over while someone is sitting on it.

In France, it is forbidden to throw a chair out of a hotel window.

In Canada, it is against the law to tie a ladder to a chair.

In Italy, it is illegal to sell or import chairs that are not ergonomic.

In the United Kingdom, it is an offense to stand on a chair and sing the national anthem in a pub.

In Singapore, it is illegal to leave a chair outside your house without a permit.

In India, it is illegal to sit on a chair with your feet up in a place of worship.

In Norway, it is illegal to sit on a chair without a cushion in a public library.

In Sweden, it is against the law to sell a chair without a fire safety label.

In Russia, it is illegal to sit on a chair without permission from the owner.

In Argentina, it is prohibited to sit on a chair with your legs crossed in a government office.

In Austria, it is forbidden to sit on a chair while wearing roller skates.

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Museums

Museum of Bad Art – a collection of artwork too bad to be ignored

The Icelandic Phallological Museum – a collection of over 215 penises and penile parts from over 93 species

The Parasite Museum – a museum that focuses on the strange world of parasites

In San Rafael, California, you’ll find the Museum of International Propaganda.

The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets – a museum dedicated to the evolution of toilets around the world

The Museum of Broken Relationships – a collection of objects left over from failed relationships

The International Cryptozoology Museum – a museum that studies creatures that are rumored to exist, but have not been proven to exist

The Mütter Museum – a museum of medical oddities and human specimens

The Museum of Death – a museum that explores the subject of death through exhibits of real human remains and death-related artifacts

Marin Museum of Bicycling – a museum dedicated to bikes and bicycling, specializing in mountain bikes.

The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices – a museum that showcases medical devices that have questionable effectiveness

The Hand Fan Museum – a museum of hand fans, the devices used by women mostly in past eras to cool themselves, and send semi-secret signals to others.

hand fan

The Museum of Jurassic Technology – a museum that explores the intersection of art, science, and the imagination

The Vent Haven Museum – a museum dedicated to ventriloquism and the history of ventriloquists’ dummies

The Museum of Neon Art – a museum that collects, preserves, and exhibits neon signs and related art forms

The House on the Rock – a museum that features a collection of oddities, including the world’s largest indoor carousel

The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum – a museum dedicated to the history and development of barbed wire

The National Museum of Funeral History – a museum that explores the history and cultural significance of funerals and funeral practices

The International Spy Museum – a museum that explores the history and methods of espionage

The American Banjo Museum – a museum that explores the history and evolution of the banjo

The Museum of Osteology – a museum that showcases the skeletal system of animals from around the world

The Teddy Bear Museum – a museum that showcases the history and evolution of teddy bears

The Museum of the Weird – a museum that showcases bizarre and unusual artifacts from around the world

The Elevator Museum – a museum that explores the history and development of elevators

The Canadian Potato Museum – a museum that explores the history and cultural significance of potatoes in Canada

The Skyscraper Museum – a museum that explores the history and evolution of skyscrapers

The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum – a museum that features over 20,000 salt and pepper shakers from around the world

The Museum of Miniature Houses – a museum that showcases a collection of miniature houses and other miniatures

The National Museum of Roller Skating – a museum that explores the history and evolution of roller skating

The Museum of Handbags and Purses – a museum that showcases the history and evolution of handbags and purses

The Museum of Chinese in America – a museum that explores the history and experiences of Chinese immigrants in America

The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum – a museum that showcases the history and development of pharmacy and medicine in New Orleans

The Musée Mécanique – a museum that features a collection of antique arcade machines and mechanical instruments.

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10 Weird Facts About Crochet

Crocheting is believed to have originated in the early 19th century, making it a relatively modern craft compared to knitting.

The word “crochet” comes from the French word “crochet,” which means “small hook.”

The smallest crochet hook ever made was only 0.4 millimeters or 15 thousands of an inch in diameter or roughly as big around as five sheets of paper.

The world’s largest crochet hook measures over 13 feet (396 centimeters) long and is made from PVC pipe.

Some crocheters can create intricate lace patterns using thread so fine that it’s thinner than human hair.

Crocheting is not just for humans; people have made tiny crochet outfits for their pets.

Guinness World Records recognizes the largest crochet blanket, which measured over 12,286 square meters (131,556 square feet). That’s about the size of 8 average convenience stores.

The world’s fastest crocheter can create up to 257 stitches in one minute.

Crocheting can be a form of therapy, helping people reduce stress and anxiety. However if you’re trying to beat 257 stitches in a minute, it may be quite stressful.

“Yarn bombing” is a form of street art where crocheters and knitters cover public objects like lampposts and trees with colorful yarn.

The world’s most expensive crocheted item is a crocheted wedding dress valued at over US $280,000.

There are crocheted coral reefs made from yarn to raise awareness about the decline of real coral reefs due to climate change.

Some people crochet as a way to keep their hands busy during long meetings or classes.

The largest amigurumi (crocheted stuffed toy) ever made was a giant lobster that measured over 7 meters (23 feet) long.

Crochet enthusiasts often organize “stitch and bitch” sessions to socialize while crafting.

In 2009, a group of crocheters in the UK created a crocheted replica of their entire village.

You can crochet with unconventional materials like plastic bags, cassette tape, and even VHS tape.

“Hyperbolic crochet” is a technique used to create mathematical models, such as hyperbolic surfaces.

Some crocheters practice “extreme crochet” by using thick ropes and oversized hooks to create large-scale projects.

There are crochet-specific emojis and symbols, like 🧶 and ⚙️, to represent the craft in digital communication.

Some people have turned crocheting into a profitable business by selling their handmade items online.

“Yarn chicken” is a term used by crocheters to describe the suspense of finishing a project with just barely enough yarn.

The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) hosts an annual event called “Chain Link” for crocheting enthusiasts.

You can find crochet patterns for just about anything, from food items to popular characters from movies and TV shows.

Crocheting has been used in various fashion trends, from crochet bikinis in the 1970s to modern crochet accessories.

The world record for the longest crochet chain made by a team is over 45 miles (72 km).

Crocheting is an inclusive hobby, with a diverse community of crafters who share their passion and knowledge online.