Replacing ‘Artificial Intelligence’ With ‘Demonic Possession’ in Headlines Works Eerily Well

Tech's hottest trend clearly has people awed but wary

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Powerful, mysterious and a bit spooky, artificial intelligence is something everyone seems to discuss with a mix of fear and fascination.

Browsing headlines on the topic today, I realized that AI's aura of enigmatic potential and existential dread often makes it sound like a modern-day form of demonic possession.

So I decided to try using a browser extension to replace every instance of "artificial intelligence" with "demonic possession" and take screenshots the results.

The verdict? The substitution works almost too well.

Check out a few of my favorite results below:

Yeah, what IS the deal? Slate asking the hard questions.


Nowhere to go but up.


Huffington Post is clearly feeling upbeat about all this.


In The Exorcist, a priest had to violently summon the demon out of a young girl and into his own body. In 2016, he could just drag and drop it onto a thumb drive. That's called progress. 


Is there anything it CAN'T do?


When you dance alone, you dance with SATAN!


Woz knows what's up.


Or go home!


An accurate depiction of my experience with chatbots thus far.


A sad new definition for "devil's food."


Only three?


And they look stoked!


"I cast you out, unclean quadrotor!"


It's a win-win, since these guys are going straight to hell.


Is this really a problem that needs solving? Based on the articles above, demonic possession is sounding pretty handy.


This ought to clear things up.


It's going to be an exciting Q2!


Aw, who could exorcise a face like that?


Now that's just fear-mongering. But probably valid.


Why settle for it just being a hobby when it could be a career? 


How long must we wait?


The power of Christ compels you…to read more!


The whole Tay situation suddenly makes so much more sense.


You have to love how Barry Diller's sitting there like, "Yeah it is."


An omen, one might say.


Well that's ironic.


Literal hell.

@griner David Griner is creative and innovation editor at Adweek and host of Adweek's podcast, "Yeah, That's Probably an Ad."