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MIT develops world's first 'psychopathic' AI

Posted on Wednesday, 13 June, 2018 | Comment icon 30 comments

This is one AI you don't want to mess with. Image Credit: MIT
The disturbing experiment has been designed to highlight the potential dangers of intelligent machines.
Named 'Norman' after the main antagonist in the movie 'Psycho', the new AI was 'fed' on images of people dying to show how easy it is to create a genuinely psychopathic artificial intelligence.

Afterwards, the AI was instructed to interpret a series of ink blots so that its answers could be compared to those of another AI that had received more conventional training.

The results were surprisingly terrifying.

In one example, an ink blot described by the regular AI as "a person holding an umbrella in the air" was interpreted by Norman as "a man is shot to death in front of his screaming wife."

The psychotic artificial intelligence also saw "a man murdered by machine gun in broad daylight" where the regular AI had seen only "a black and white photo of a baseball glove."

"There is a central idea in machine learning: the data you use to teach a machine learning algorithm can significantly influence its behavior," the MIT researchers stated.

"So when we talk about AI algorithms being biased or unfair, the culprit is often not the algorithm itself, but the biased data that was fed to it."

Source: Sky News | Comments (30)

Tags: AI, Robots

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #21 Posted by Rolci on 14 June, 2018, 8:21
Sure is funny to read all the comments here talking about AI doing what it's programmed to do. There is a reason it's called AI and not simply "software". AIs learn. AIcan teach themselves. AIcan program themselves. And what about biotechnological applications, AI infused with neural network? Do these things sound like things that do what they'reprogrammed to do?
Comment icon #22 Posted by Seti42 on 14 June, 2018, 8:32
"the culprit is often not the algorithm itself, but the biased data that was fed to it." That's exactly how humans become bigoted jerks who post alt-right garbage all over the internet.
Comment icon #23 Posted by danydandan on 14 June, 2018, 9:49
AI can't teach themselves, can't program themselves. Your confusing AI with Learning Machines. Here's a good article on the topic
Comment icon #24 Posted by moonman on 14 June, 2018, 14:17
Exactly. It's sad how many people read this bad article and think "OMG AI is evil" without understanding the basics of what is happening. Garbage in, garbage out. It's that simple. They fed it nothing but garbage.
Comment icon #25 Posted by TripGun on 14 June, 2018, 17:45
A program written to write program code to determine future behavior inwriting the program code and basingall of it in a closed subject matter of violence. No surprises here, somebody just likes to pop balloons for the noise.A better experiment is to now attempt to reform the code with pleasant images.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Chortle on 16 June, 2018, 17:11
Agreed. Also I thought Dreyfus provided a compelling argument as to why AI was not possible back in the 60s which were "rediscovered"in the 80s after around 20 years of effort. What's renewed the interest?
Comment icon #27 Posted by Tatetopa on 16 June, 2018, 17:35
We have chess playing programs that have gotten good enough to beat grandmasters and the world champion. They doit with brute force algorithms and fast processing., not human style thinking. Whether you could build in or program empathy is open to question. But the biggest danger is probably: Somebody at DARPA is probably already securing funding and reasoning that we better do it before the Chinese do. Military robots do not need empathy. Defense and fear of the consequences of not doing it will override the justifiable fear of doing it.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Piney on 16 June, 2018, 17:41
I wouldn't be surprised.... The Ni Hon Self Defense Force has moral/honorissues about it, but Americans? They will start the fire which burns the world....
Comment icon #29 Posted by Tatetopa on 16 June, 2018, 21:51
Morals and ethics have never slowed us down much.
Comment icon #30 Posted by SurgeTechnologies on 16 June, 2018, 22:01
That is cool, give it some internet access a few spare servers and see the world burn! My theory is, that once they will try to create a self-aware code, things will go south because, well the code will outsmart the creator, simply it will most likely create certain versions of itself on god forgotten servers and save itself from failsafe switches, or it will simply begin writing a new upgraded version of itself, again somewhere in some backwaters, while behaving as benevolent computer program to its creator. They will be unaware of the unprecedented evil that is unfolding. Because lets face t... [More]

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