- Facebook shuts down AI program after the robot starts developing its own language to decide conclusion of the task
- Researchers identify this when they find two bots in the lab having a seemingly gibberish exchange, which actually has semantic meanings
- Tech business magnet, Elon Musk says that The Facebook CEO has a limited understanding of AI technology
New Delhi, August 2, 2017: Researchers at Facebook had to shut down the Artificial Intelligence program after the robot started to create its own language. It developed a system of code words to make the communication more efficient.
According to the Digital Media report, this one incident at Facebook is not first of its kind to have happened while working on AI programs, even in the past, an AI robot has diverged from its training to communicate in English and developed its own language. To a common man, that language may come off as “gibberish” but they contain semantic meaning when deciphered by experts and the AI ‘agents’.
The researchers at Facebook noticed that their AI bot had given up on English and the new language it created was capable of communicating with other AI bots and deciding the future course of action as well. The language which at first appeared unintelligent to the researchers actually represented a task at hand, and a possible conclusion on how to proceed. They noticed this when two bots in the lab began to exchange with each other.
AI developers at other companies have observed a similar use of “shorthands” to simplify communication. At OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab founded by Elon Musk, an experiment succeeded in letting AI bots learn their own languages.
At Google, the team working on the Translate service discovered that the AI they programmed had silently written its own language to aid in translating sentences.
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The Translate developers had added a neural network to the system, making it capable of translating between language pairs it had never been taught. The new language the AI silently wrote was a surprise.
This incident with Facebook’s AI failure made more news when Elon Musk, the founder of OpenAI made remarks on Zuckerberg’s AI faux pas. In an altercation at twitter, Elon said in one of his tweets that, Facebook CEO doesn’t have much understanding of the AI technology.
To which Mark Zuckerberg in a Live Q&A session responded, “Whenever I hear people saying AI is going to hurt people in the future, I think yeah, you know, technology can generally always be used for good and bad, and you need to be careful about how you build it and you need to be careful about what you build and how it is going to be used”.
There is not enough evidence to claim that these unforeseen AI divergences are a threat or that they could lead to machines taking over operators. They do make development more difficult, however, because people are unable to grasp the overwhelmingly logical nature of the new languages. In Google’s case, for example, the AI had developed a language that no human could grasp but was potentially the most efficient known solution to the problem.
–Prepared by Nivedita Motwani. Twitter @Mind_Makeup
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