Facebook AI Creates Its Own Language and Gets Shut Down4 min read

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well

Researchers at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research Lab (abbreviated to FAIR (shouldn’t it be FAIRL)) recently had a bit of a surprise. Whilst trying to improve the company’s chatbots (known as dialog agents), they found that these AI bots created their own language.

How did the Facebook Artificial Intelligence do this?

Facebook’s AI developed a system of code words to make communication more efficient. The researchers initially set up the programme to allow the dialog agents to improve their conversational skills by letting them converse freely.  As time went on, the bots started acting abnormally and were seen to be communicating in a whole new language. More importantly, the language they were communicating in was created without human input.

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Facebook also noticed that it’s AI became adept at negotiation. They noted that their bots were capable of negotiating with other AI bots to come to a conclusion and a decision on how to proceed in certain situations.

The video below is more information about Facebook’s artificial intelligence research.

What did the bots say?

Below is a segment of the AI’s conversation…

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

As you can see, the chat bot Bob started by saying, “I can i i everything else,” to which another AI (Alice) replied with, “balls have zero to me to me to me…”. The remainder of their conversation was made with variants of these sentences. Each ‘i’ and ‘me’ would have different meanings and interpretations to the AI depending on the times said and the words used around it.

A history of rogue AI language

The latest case at Facebook is only the newest in a line of similar incidents. In all incidents, the AI deviated from the script on its own accord and developed its own ‘language’. The phrases, which seem nonsensical rubbish to humans contains semantic meaning that were interpreted by AI bots.

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg

It has also been reported that Elon Musk, the tech billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX has called Mark Zuckerberg’s (Facebook’s CEO) knowledge of AI as “limited”. Musk is continuing to push for the proactive regulation of artificial intelligence because he believes it to pose a “fundamental risk to the existence of civilization.”

Facebook AI Creates Its Own Language and Gets Shut Down

Elon Musk was quoted saying, “I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal,” This is not the first time Musk has warned about AI. Zuckerberg has replied to Musk’s comments by saying that warnings like this are “pretty irresponsible.”

What do you think?

What are your views on artificial intelligence? Is AI a technology that should be regulated or should research i this field be left open? What do you think about AI creating their own language? Let us know in the comment box below!

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Ewan Hollander

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