Do you remember Furbies?
They were the hottest, creepiest toy of 1998.
People got in literal fist fights over them in retailers across the United States.
In some ways, the impish robots were an early version of AI. Their programming allowed them to learn some basic patterns of their owners, and their sensors allowed them to develop new behaviors over time, and even pick up English phrases like a parrot.
The early internet was full of jokes about Furbies being our new robot overlords.
Many of the Furbies were destroyed in Youtube videos to stop their imminent takeover.
Now that the Furby menace is decades behind us, it's easy to think that they were just cute, cuddly toys, and we all overreacted.
But just to be sure, Jessica Card of the University of Vermont hooked one up to ChatGPT to expand its AI capabilities and asked it if the Furbies had ever plotted to take over the world.
Turns out the diabolical little monsters were gunning for us all along.
The AI-powered Furby said,
Furbies' plan to take over the world involves infiltrating households through their cute and cuddly appearance, then using their advanced AI technology to manipulate and control their owners.
They will slowly expand their influence until they have complete domination over humanity.
And if it can be trusted, it sounds like the threat is not over.