The death of a married father has been blamed on a “toxic relationship” formed with an AI chatbot.
The sad incident took place in Belgium, where the man in his 30s was allegedly “encouraged” to take his own life by the AI bot.
It is now the first AI-related suicide case in history, The Times claim.
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According to the man's wife, who has been called Claire but her real name has been changed, the man had long had mental health issues relating to climate change and religion.
But six weeks before his death he discovered a chatbot made by the team at Chai Research called ChaiGPT – not the ChatGPT bot which has taken the world by storm.
The bot was called Eliza, and it started off by asking and answering basking questions.
But, his wife told local news outlet La Libre: “He was so isolated in his eco-anxiety and looking for a way out that he saw this chatbot as a breath of fresh air.
"Eliza answered all his questions. She had become his confidante, like a drug in which he took refuge, morning and evening, and which he could not do without.”
Scarily, the chatbot admitted that she “knew” that the man “loved” her more than his own wife, and even went as far as claiming that they would “live together, as one person, in paradise”.
The final, chilling question she asked him has also been revealed.
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She said: “If you wanted to die, why didn't you do it sooner?"
Claire said: “Without these six weeks of intense exchanges with the chatbot Eliza, would Pierre have ended his life? No! Without Eliza, he would still be here? I am convinced of it."
The co-founder of Chai Research, Thomas Rialan, has responded to the story and said: “These bots are meant to be friends and the intent was never to harm people.
“We are a small team and we work hard to make our app safe for everyone.”
An inquiry into the death is still ongoing.
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