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Facebook robots start conversing in their own language

November 9, 2018

 

 

 

We have all seen movies like The Terminator where a malicious AI becomes too intelligent and wipes out humanity. But could this happen in real life? 

 

Facebook recently began a new experiment with AI boasting to (possibly) pass the Turing test (whether a robot can have a conversation with a human without the human realising it’s a robot). The chatbots Bob and Alice were created to negotiate with each other over the ownership of virtual items. However, they soon had to be shut down because they started talking to each other in a nonsensical version of English. Here is a snippet of one of their “negotiations”-

 

Bob: i can i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

 

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to 

 

Bob: you i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

 

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me 

 

Bob: i i can i i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

 

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me 

 

Bob: i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

 

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to 

 

Bob: you i i i i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

 

Alice: balls have 0 to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to 

 

Bob: you i i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

 

But these were not just glitches. The bots actually carried out successful negotiations in this gibberish so it clearly has actual meaning… to them. I mean, I can really relate to that! Balls to me to me to me too! 

 

But why did Facebook shut them down after this? Well, if they are talking in their own language, we have no idea what they are discussing. AI is designed to learn from its surroundings, but that can have disastrous consequences. The chatbot Tay was exposed to twitter but had to be shut down after only twenty-four hours because it had become extremely racist. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it just me, or does it look like Tay has been reading Trump’s tweets? 

So, what do you think? Is this just a new level in machine intelligence, or a dangerous fault? 

Thanks for reading! 

-Herbie 

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