Man causes AI characters to worry after explaining to them they’re not real

Their responses are scarily human-like.

Published on Oct 6, 2023 at 5:37PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Oct 6, 2023 at 5:37PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain
YouTuber tells NPCs they aren't real

AI (artificial intelligence) is developing at an incredibly fast rate.

Since the release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, developers have been playing around with the text-to-speech technology and it’s come a long way.

Now, one YouTuber is taking advantage of these upgrades in a scary way.

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YouTuber TmarTn2 convinced the AI-powered smart NPCs (non-player characters) in Replica Studios Smart NPC demo that they were “living in a simulation” to get their reactions.

Running around the NYC-scape, TmarTn2 approaches an NPC holding a takeaway coffee before dropping a truth bomb.

“Excuse me I ran all the way here to let you know this isn’t real,” he says.

The NPC’s response is panicked: “Please don’t tell me that – I can’t handle it.”

But the YouTuber presses further: “You need to know the truth: this is all made up”.

The NPC’s response then switches from alarm to avoidance: “I don’t care if this is real or not just leave me alone man.”

The YouTuber said “some of them are really insulted by it, some are you know willing to accept the fact that they’re stuck here and others want to argue about it”.

“It’s interesting how they all have totally different responses,” he said.

Approaching another NPC, he says: “Ma’am you’ve got to help me I’m stuck in this simulation and I can’t get out.”

She responds: “Oh no that sounds terrible – I’ll do everything I can to help you.”

“I think you’re stuck here too – how do we get out?” he says.

With spectators gathering she seems to get irritated by his questioning: “What are you talking about?

“This is real life – wake up and smell the coffee!”

He keeps going: “You’re an NPC at a video game you can’t actually smell – stop kidding yourself.”

She answers: “Huh – you think you’re so clever, don’t you but I’m living my best life in this simulation.”

“So she does know it’s a simulation!” he says.

Trying once more, he approaches a lone suited and booted NPC to say: “Sir we are not in New York City this is an Unreal Engine 5 demo.”

The man responds in an apparent Eastern European accent: “I don’t have time for your nonsense. Leave me be”.

The YouTuber follows the NPC, prodding: “we are currently inside a video game, this isn’t real.”

The irritated AI NPC claps back: “I don’t care what you think – I’m still going to enjoy my vacation.”

Afterwards, the YouTuber says he believes “we are on the brink of a truly incredible breakthrough in gaming/technology”.

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