Field guides The quality of manuals has always varied. The quality of manuals for identifying objects is now more varied, with many written using artificial intelligence chatbots. deadly The number of people seeking advice is on the rise. 

A case in point mushroom hunting. Recently, The New York Mycological Society posted a warning on Social media about Amazon There are many other bookshops that offer books on foraging, identification and identification written by A.I. “Please only buy books of known authors and foragers, it can literally mean life or death,” It is written on X. 

The post was shared by X, who called the guidebooks “guidebooks”. “the deadliest AI scam I’ve ever heard of,” adding, “the authors are invented, their credentials are invented, and their species ID will kill you.” 

In Australia, three people recently died following a family meal. Authorities suspect Death cap mushrooms are the cause of these deaths. The invasive mushroom originated in the U.K. according to National Geographic. It’s difficult to distinguish from an edible mushroom.

“There are hundreds of poisonous fungi in North America and several that are deadly,” Sigrid Jakab, President of the New York Mycological Society told 401 Media. “They can look similar to popular edible species. A poor description in a book can mislead someone to eat a poisonous mushroom.”

The Sunday Review Reached out Amazon The company did not respond to my request for a comment. The company told The Guardian, however, “We take matters like this seriously and are committed to providing a safe shopping and reading experience. We’re looking into this.”

In the coming years, we will see more and more chatbots being used to create books. Last month the New York Times reported about Chatbots have written travel guides. A company called Originality.ai used an artificial intelligence detector to score 35 passages. All of them scored 100, meaning that they were almost certainly written by A.I. 

Jonathan Gillham of Originality.ai has warned against such books that encourage readers to visit unsafe places. “That’s dangerous and problematic.” 

It’s not just books, of course. A bizarre MSN article was created recently with “algorithmic techniques” listed a food bank Telling readers that Ottawa is a great destination, “Consider going into it on an empty stomach.”

Leon Frey told The Guardian He found serious flaws with the mushroom Field guides A.I. was suspected of writing the text. Referring to “smell and taste” As an identifying characteristic. “This seems to encourage tasting as a method of identification,” He said. “This should absolutely not be the case.” 

The Guardian Originality.ai was also contacted by the authors to confirm that they had received a 100% rating. on Its A.I. detection score.