A glitch in Google Translate’s AI is translating gibberish into doomsday warnings and prophecies about the second coming of Jesus.
When translating the word ‘dog’ from Hawaiian to English the bug becomes apparent. If repeated many times,the AI forms its own nonsensical sentences. And then Google Translate refers to the doomsday clock and Jesus. It is also happening when translating from Yoruba (a West African language) to English and entered 22 times in row.
The language translation app says that we’re “approaching the end times” —
“Doomsday Clock is three minutes at twelve,” it begins.
“We are experiencing characters and dramatic developments in the world, which indicate that we are increasingly approaching the end times and Jesus’ return.”
It becomes even more dark and scary if you lessen the number of times you type “dog,” as several Reddit users spotted. The AI then turns its talk to the Antichrist soon appearing. At this stage it seems Google has fixed the Hawaiian to English glitch but Reddit users are souring the translator for other doomsday glitches.
Talk of the doomsday clock by Googles AI could be unsettling to many people. The Doomsday clock refers to a symbolic clock counting down a cataclysmic man made event like nuclear war that brings about the end if humanity as we know it.
The apocalypse is midnight and the clock is regularly adjusted to show how many minutes to midnight (or the end times) we are.
It started off back in 1947 at seven minutes to midnight and has since been set backwards and forwards a further 23 times — courtesy of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board.
Despite what Google’s message suggests, the clock is set at an even more terrifying two minutes to midnight.
Google’s message about Jesus’ return likely relates to the Book of Revelation.
That’s a book in the New Testament of the Bible that describes the end of the world, including the coming of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — and the return of Jesus to Earth.
Given the frosty relations between the US and North Korea and recent tensions between Britain and Russia, and now the Iran threat made on Twitter by President Trump it’s easy to see how Google might have gotten the idea that the world is about to end. And why people may view the glitch as more than just a ‘glitch in the matrix’. Is AI trying to forewarn its creators?
Or is it as simple as a glitch relating to Google’s machine learning systems, which help Google understand how to translate from one language to another.
Google pulls information from all over the web, so it’s likely that Google Translate simply converted gibberish into even more nonsense.
Google hasn’t responded to a request for comment.