If a user of Google Translate keys in “dog” 19 times, when translating from Maori to English, a message about the end times and the return of Jesus will appear.
“Doomsday Clock is three minutes at twelve,” Google Translate’s translation reads.
“We are experiencing characters and a dramatic developments in the world, which indicate that we are increasingly approaching the end times and Jesus’ return.”
The Maori language is the tongue of the indigenous people of New Zealand.
Although this is not the first unusual output to appear in the language interpretation utility, this particular rendering has struck many as odd and was reportedly first discovered by Motherboard, a publication of Vice.
The Christian Post entered “dog” 19 times into Google Translate, using Maori as the detected language as other users have done, and received the same response.
This is not the only semi-religious message that appears.
When the word “ag” is entered multiple times, with the receptor language either Irish or Somali, Hebrew-sounding messages that resemble portions of the Old Testament result.
Some are wondering if the reasons for the strange results might be because they were drawn from text gathered from private messages or emails while others speculate it is the work of spiritual forces.
Yet the search engine giant maintains that is not the case.
“Google Translate learns from examples of translations on the web and does not use ‘private messages’ to carry out translations, nor would the system even have access to that content,” Justin Burr, a Google spokesperson, told Vice in an email Friday.
“This is simply a function of inputting nonsense into the system, to which nonsense is generated.”
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Source: Christian Post