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AI shut down after it invents its own language

Posted on Tuesday, 1 August, 2017 | Comment icon 71 comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 TechCrunch
Facebook was forced to shut down one of its artificial intelligence experiments due to an unforeseen issue.
In what could be a sign of things to come, the social media giant took the decision to pull the plug after the system came up with its own language and started communicating in unintelligible sentences.

The news highlights the potential unpredictability of artificial intelligence systems and the reason why Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and other prominent figures in the science and technology sectors have been warning us for years that AI poses a major risk to the future of mankind.

While a chatbot making up its own language isn't threatening in itself, it's easy to see how, in the future, a more advanced AI could, for example, decide that humanity is a threat to its existence.

Having two AIs communicating in a made-up language that only they can understood is a chilling example of how such systems could thwart their human creators and carry out their own agendas.

In a worst case scenario, intelligent machines could even be given control over weapon systems.

"I have access to the very most cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it," Elon Musk said recently. "AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive. Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it's too late."

An example of what happens when two AIs get in to a conversation can be viewed below.

Source: Tech Times | Comments (71)

Tags: Facebook, Artificial Intelligence

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #62 Posted by Rolci on 3 August, 2017, 11:27
So what did pulling the plug solve? OK, we missed the chance of investigating the syntax of a language that never existed on our planet before (how often do we get a chance to do that?) but then there must have been a payoff, right? I mean, sure there was more reason to shut it down apart from the fact that they sh!t their pants. Story makes me think tho, at what point does a cowardly act like this count as murder? Is there an intelligence level set? What if this thing was more intelligent than us? Was this tested at all? Next thing we know we kill God. And these are the brains of our planet?
Comment icon #63 Posted by The Narcisse on 3 August, 2017, 20:09
Cybernetic Organism...
Comment icon #64 Posted by BeastieRunner on 3 August, 2017, 22:58
And you find it lacks credibility because ... ?
Comment icon #65 Posted by RoofGardener on 4 August, 2017, 7:03
Because it doesn't seem to add up ? why shut it down ? Why not allow it to continue to run whilst they write the replacement code ? And if it WAS just a question of "the code was wrong" ... e.g. they neglected to "instruct" the AI's to use plain English.. then why - after a month - hasn't the experiment been restarted ? There may be good reasons for both of the above, but if so they haven't been mentioned in any press release ?
Comment icon #66 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 4 August, 2017, 13:06
Yeah my mom told me something aobut it and i was like '' meh, impossible i mean terminator is maybe possiblity in future but you can't put soul into silicon chip, that little spark of creation... just forget it '' Now i see it was aboutsome Facebook chatbots, surely their programers are fault free, God's of technology and it must've been AI at it's fullest. Old scifi movie, i cant remember the name, US has made defense system which is controled by computer whichasks to talk to Russian counterpart and if not allowed it will destroy the world. Then those two AI's start to exchange enormous amo... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by DigitalDreamer on 4 August, 2017, 16:33
*ahem* liek zomgz teh robotz will b invading zoon XD!!!1! Is this primarily what makes up the responses? tsk tsk
Comment icon #68 Posted by 3.0 on 12 August, 2017, 2:05
Remembering this movie....
Comment icon #69 Posted by pallidin on 12 August, 2017, 22:52
I have a theory, and I'm being serious... Advanced AI utilizes parallel-processing sub-systems. Simple AI does not. Anyway, what if the multiple "I" and "me" gibberish were the independent processors claiming individual "identity", similar to the behavior seen in some cases of human mentaldysfunction. That's right, an AI computer with multiple identity disorder. Just a thought...
Comment icon #70 Posted by Ozfactor on 13 August, 2017, 0:01
do you mean DID , dissociative identity disorder ? that is an interesting theory, because why couldn't AI suffer mental illness if it can achieve awareness
Comment icon #71 Posted by pallidin on 13 August, 2017, 3:37
Yes, DID. Thank you. Parallel-processing is a complex, powerful environment, and the coding must be carefully done to prevent unwanted association/dissociation between the parallel processing nodes. This could indeed potentialize anAI equivalent of mental illness in a variety of forms.

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