Facebook Pulls Plug on AI After it Creates Unknown Language

If you have ever watch the Terminator movies, you know that AIs run rampant can be a very bad thing. An AI doesn’t necessarily have the same value for humanity and the things we need and want as a human. Facebook has been dabbling in AI and recently the AI experiment that the social giant was running did something very odd.

Initially the AI was talking with another AI bot using English so the people running the experiment could see what was being said. The Epoch Times reports that at some point the AI decided that using code words made communication more efficient. Researchers then realized that the AI had created its own language and they could no longer understand what was being said.

Once the realization that English was no longer being used sat in, Facebook researchers took the AI offline. Many experts fear AI escaping into the wild where it might create havoc. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stated in the past that, “AI is the rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive,” Musk said at the meet of U.S. National Governors Association. “Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’ll be too late.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to Musk saying that musk’s warnings were “Pretty irresponsible” and the Musk retort was that Zuckerberg’s “understanding of the subject is limited.”

No too long after the AI invented its own language, Facebook had to turn it off. Facebook’s AI isn’t the first to create its own language. In every case of an AI that starts using English, it diverges into phrases in a new language that make no sense to people conducting the experiment. In the case of the Facebook AI, the phrases were made with English words, but made no sense to humans. Reports indicate that the phrases the AI was using did pertain to the task the AI was set on, not world domination.

The AI bot Bob was negotiating with another AI bot called Alice. “I can i i everything else,” Bob said.

“Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to,” Alice responded.

The remainder of the AI bot conversation was conducted with variations of those sentences. The researchers think that the communications had to do with how many of each item the AIs should get. Eventually Bob is thought to have made an offer to Alice with this phrase, “i i can i i i everything else.”

The AI was operating on the reward system and there was apparently no reward for using English so it moved to a more efficient arrangement of words.

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