The Conspiracy Generator

We’re proud to present the Conspiracy Generator, an interactive, GPT-powered tool that can turn any story from your newspaper or from history books into an intriguing, shocking, mind-bending, earth-shattering, but still plausible-sounding conspiracy theory.

Here’s how it works. By following three simple steps, you select your:
✅ official story
✅ culprit
✅ motive

And in a few seconds, out comes the real truth that “they” don’t want you to know about! Check out the app for yourself, and see for some examples here. As you may expect, GPT almost never disappoints and exhibits remarkable creativity, spinning conspiracist yarns with any threads you give it. Note that the conpiracy stories deliberately light-hearted and rather silly, so that no one will take them seriously.

What’s the point of this app?

Conspiracy theories are all around us. From the 9/11 attacks to the coronavirus pandemic, from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the birth certificate of Barack Obama, from the Moon landing to just about any mass shooting or terrorist attack – all these events have sparked suspicions and allegations that the official version we’ve been told is a lie. That far more sinister things are going on behind the scenes.

Some conspiracies are real, of course, as any historian will tell you (e.g., the Watergate scandal, the October revolution). But people believe in many more unfounded conspiracy theories than there are actual conspiracies to go around. That’s because stories about hidden plots are extremely alluring. In fact, it’s quite easy to generate a conspiracy theory around any news story, and to maintain that theory in the face of any evidence or counterarguments. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps!

We have designed a Conspiracy Generator that can turn any story from your local newspaper (or from history books) into a conspiracy theory, with your own designated culprit and their motive. In fact, our Conspiracy Generator can generate multiple and mutually contradictory theories around every story, just as there are conflicting conspiracy theories about the assassination of JFK or the 9/11 attacks.

The Conspiracy Generator is a collaboration between me and fellow philosopher Marco Meyer, and funded by the Etienne Vermeersch Chair at Universiteit Gent. The app was designed by TJI, and powered by the magic of GPT!

The “recipe” for generating conspiracy theories (from which we derived the prompts for GPT) is based on my academic paper in the journal Episteme. See also this earlier post “How Not to Get Sucked Into an Intellectual Black Hole. On the Warped Epistemology of Conspiracy Theories”.