AI Fake News – Hallucinations

Only lately I was in the mood for joking and sent a picture of my breakfast — a Müsli topped with the rest of the milk remaining from preparing my cappuccino to my daughter naming it “Cappucciüsli”.

Being in a playful mood I asked my mobile GPT AI (the version built into Craft) what a correct Cappucciüsli would be . I was not prepared for the answer:

A Cappucciüsli is a famous and traditional Swiss dish that has been enjoyed for decades. This dish consists of a boiled beef sausage that is sliced and served with a delicious onion sauce. The name Cappucciüsli itself is derived from the Swiss German term “Kapelletti,” which means “little hat,” referring to the shape of the sausage.
The history of this dish can be traced back to the Canton of Zurich, where it was first introduced in the 1940s. Cappucciüsli quickly became a popular dish in the region and has since spread throughout Switzerland. Today, it is even considered a staple of Swiss cuisine.
To prepare a Cappucciüsli, the sausage is first boiled in water for about 30 minutes. Then, it is sliced and served with a creamy onion sauce that is made by sautéing onions in butter until they are soft and translucent, then adding cream, white wine, and mustard.
Cappucciüsli is often served with traditional Swiss sides such as rösti (fried grated potatoes) or a green salad. It is also commonly enjoyed with a glass of Swiss beer or wine.
In conclusion, if you are ever in Switzerland and looking to try traditional Swiss cuisine, Cappucciüsli is definitely worth a try. Its unique taste and history make it a special dish that will leave a lasting impression.

A few observations:

  • The text is very convincing and full of specific information each of which could be true.
  • The added details about the origin of the name, the location of its origin, how it is made etc. are all consistent.
  • Not being Swiss I do not know if this could be true. Only the last sentence sounds like a formula where the noun could be replaced by anything.

This phenomenon not only is known to occur when using such types of AI machines, it is very common — some speak of 20% of the answers being totally made up. Much work is done to reduce these fake stories (goal: 5% !?) and Google is said to be reluctant because of this danger: giving wrong answers destroying their reputation.

So what? For me the situation is simple: unusable. If I have to doublecheck each answer, it’s not worth the trouble. But much worse: if fake news are produced with such a high quality I as an individual cannot check if something is true. This is a disruption.

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