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This Is The Weird Reason Why Facebook Shut Down Its AI Programme

Facebook abandoned an experiment after two artificially intelligent programs appeared to be chatting to each other in a strange language only they understood.

The two chatbots came to create their own changes to English that made it easier for them to work – but which remained mysterious to the humans that supposedly look after them.

The bizarre discussions came as Facebook challenged its chatbots to try and negotiate with each other over a trade, attempting to swap hats, balls and books, each of which were given a certain value. But they quickly broke down as the robots appeared to chant at each other in a language that they each understood but which appears mostly incomprehensible to humans.

The robots had been instructed to work out how to negotiate between themselves, and improve their bartering as they went along. But they were not told to use comprehensible English, allowing them to create their own “shorthand”, according to researchers. They were called Bob and Alice.

 

The actual negotiations appear very odd, and don’t look especially useful:

 

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

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

 

Indeed, some of the negotiations that were carried out in this bizarre language even ended up successfully concluding their negotiations, while conducting them entirely in the bizarre language.

The company chose to shut down the chats because “our interest was having bots who could talk to people”, researcher Mike Lewis told FastCo. (Researchers did not shut down the programs because they were afraid of the results or had panicked, as has been suggested elsewhere, but because they were looking for them to behave differently.)

Meanwhile, critics of AI technology have raised concerns that artificially intelligent robots could maneuver to end the human race.

Source: The Independent

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