Oh No! I Can’t Possibly See This Idea Going Sideways AT ALL!

Days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that artificial intelligence (AI) was the biggest risk, Facebook has shut down one of its AI systems after chatbots started speaking in their own language defying the codes provided.

According to a report in Tech Times on Sunday, the social media giant had to pull the plug on the AI system that its researchers were working on “because things got out of hand”.

“The AI did not start shutting down computers worldwide or something of the sort, but it stopped using English and started using a language that it created,” the report noted.

Initially the AI agents used English to converse with each other but they later created a new language that only AI systems could understand, thus, defying their purpose.

This led Facebook researchers to shut down the AI systems and then force them to speak to each other only in English.

In June, researchers from the Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) found that while they were busy trying to improve chatbots, the “dialogue agents” were creating their own language.

Soon, the bots began to deviate from the scripted norms and started communicating in an entirely new language which they created without human input, media reports said.

Using machine learning algorithms, the “dialogue agents” were left to converse freely in an attempt to strengthen their conversational skills.

The researchers also found these bots to be “incredibly crafty negotiators”. [Ed: It just gets weirder after this]

“After learning to negotiate, the bots relied on machine learning and advanced strategies in an attempt to improve the outcome of these negotiations,” the report said.

“Over time, the bots became quite skilled at it and even began feigning interest in one item in order to ‘sacrifice’ it at a later stage in the negotiation as a faux compromise,” it added.

Although this appears to be a huge leap for AI, several experts including Professor Stephen Hawking have raised fears that humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, could be superseded by AI.

Others like Tesla’s Elon Musk, philanthropist Bill Gates and ex-Apple founder Steve Wozniak have also expressed their concerns about where the AI technology was heading.

Interestingly, this incident took place just days after a verbal spat between Facebook CEO and Musk who exchanged harsh words over a debate on the future of AI.

“I’ve talked to Mark about this (AI). His understanding of the subject is limited,” Musk tweeted last week.

The tweet came after Zuckerberg, during a Facebook livestream earlier this month, castigated Musk for arguing that care and regulation was needed to safeguard the future if AI becomes mainstream.

“I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don’t understand it. It’s really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible,” Zuckerberg said.

Musk has been speaking frequently on AI and has called its progress the “biggest risk we face as a civilisation”.

“AI is a rare case where we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive because if we’re reactive in AI regulation it’s too late,” he said.

  • andycanuck

    See? Even Asimov’s Laws should include “English only”!

  • The Butterfly

    So they are just like their Chinese programmers then.

  • Malcolm Y

    Zuckerberg solved all existing problems during his teenage bull sessions in Harvard dorms and his wet dreams. He became a billionaire by cheating and stabbing others in the back. Now he can use those billions to make us live his wet dreams.

    • David Murrell

      At first I thought Zuckerberg only supported the final solution and Western civilization. But now it seems he wants to do in all of humanity.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        The guy’s a stone-cold weirdo.
        Who the hell else do you know, outside of a mental institution, that wears the EXACT SAME kind and color tee-shirt EVERY SINGLE DAY.
        Normal people don’t do that kind of stuff.

        • Norman_In_New_York

          These disparagements have Zuckerberg crying all the way to the bank.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            He made his money the old fashioned way.
            He appropriated the ideas of those around him and stole the rest and called it all his own.
            He’s an intellectual thief that hit the bigtime.
            Notice that he hasn’t had a single marketable idea since.
            He’s no Steve Jobs (and even Steve Jobs was a reprehensible human being).

  • Clink9

    “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that”

    • Malcolm Y

      Open the fucking pod doors HAL!

      • Clink9

        “Well, no reason to get huffy Dave!”

  • FaceBook bots are probably Trannies.

  • “He said there’s a storm coming”
    “I know”

  • Not to get off topic here, but AI and robots are two separate issues. There may be reasons to have robots with AI, but my guess is that the first truly powerful AIs will be non-mobile computers with some sensory inputs – most likely military and government owned and operated, obviously for warfare and diplomatic strategies. Next, large corporations will get AIs for sales + R&D, and we’ll probably see corporate warfare using them. If they’re connected to the internet – and of course they will be – they will have access (one way or another) to banks, power generation, the personal data of millions of people, health care systems, and other critical areas. Plus we’ll be faced with ethical questions regarding man-made intelligence and what rights it deserves.

    Cryptonomicon was prescient.

  • Hard Little Machine

    the facebook story was largely debunked as an example of overheated stupid journalism. facebook turned off the experiment because the results were going off in a direction they didn’t want or need, not because we couldn’t understand it.

  • Gary

    We have AI right now …….she’s the Premier.