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Media Coverage of Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Malfunction Irresponsible: Indian-origin Researcher

It was widely reported that the social media giant had to pull the plug on the AI system its researchers were working on "because things got out of hand"

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Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Shut Down After It Creates Its Own Language. Wikimedia
  • An Indian-origin researcher who is part of Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) has said the media coverage was “clickbaity”
  • Dhruv Batra Blamed media for being “irresponsible” in its coverage on Facebook shutting down one of its AI systems after chatbots started communicating in their own language
  • He mentioned while the idea of AI agents inventing their own language may sound alarming/unexpected to people outside the field, it is a well-established sub-field of AI

San Francisco, August 2, 2017: Blaming media for being “irresponsible” in its coverage on Facebook shutting down one of its AI systems after chatbots started communicating in their own language, an Indian-origin researcher who is part of Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) has said such coverage was “clickbaity”.

Dhruv Batra, who works as research scientist at FAIR, wrote on his Facebook page that while the idea of AI agents inventing their own language may sound alarming/unexpected to people outside the field, it is a well-established sub-field of AI, with publications dating back decades.

“Simply put, agents in environments attempting to solve a task will often find unintuitive ways to maximise reward. Analysing the reward function and changing the parameters of an experiment is NOT the same as ‘unplugging’ or ‘shutting down AI’,” Batra said in the post late on Tuesday.

“If that were the case, every AI researcher has been ‘shutting down AI’ every time they kill a job on a machine,” he added.

It was widely reported that the social media giant had to pull the plug on the AI system its researchers were working on “because things got out of hand”.

“The AI did not start shutting down computers worldwide or something of the sort, but it stopped using English and started using a language that it created,” media reports said.

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Initially, the AI agents used English to communicate with each other but they later created a new language that only AI systems could understand, thus, defying their purpose.

This reportedly led Facebook researchers to shut down the AI systems and then force them to speak to each other only in English.

“I do not want to link to specific articles or provide specific responses for fear of continuing this cycle of quotes taken out of context, but I find such coverage clickbaity and irresponsible,” Batra posted.

In June, researchers from FAIR found that while they were busy trying to improve chatbots, the “dialogue agents” were creating their own language.

Soon, the bots began to deviate from the scripted norms and started communicating in an entirely new language which they created without human input, media reports said. (IANS)

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Send Your own Nudes to Facebook to Stop Revenge Porn

Facebook is testing a new method to stop revenge porn that requires you to send your own nudes to yourself via the social network's Messenger app

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Send your own nudes via messenger app to yourself.Pixabay.

Sydney, Nov 9: Facebook is testing a new method to stop revenge porn that requires you to send your own nudes to yourself via the social network’s Messenger app.

This strategy would help Facebook to create a digital fingerprint for the picture and mark it as non-consensual explicit media.

So if a relationship goes sour, you could take proactive steps to prevent any intimate images in possession of your former love interest from being shared widely on Facebook or instagram.

Facebook is partnering with a Australian government agency to prevent such image-based abuses, the Australia Broadcasting Corp reported.

If you’re worried your intimate photos will end up on Instagram or Facebook, you can get in contact with Australi’s e-Safety Commissioner. They might then tell you to send your own nudes to yourself on Messenger.

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Facebook is coming up with a method to prevent revenge porn if you send your own nudes to yourself. Pixabay.

“It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether,” e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant told ABC.

Once the image is sent via Messenger, Facebook would use technology to “hash” it, which means creating a digital fingerprint or link.

“They’re not storing the image, they’re storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies,” Grant said.

“So if somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded,” she explained.

Australia is one of four countries taking part in the “industry-first” pilot which uses “cutting-edge technology” to prevent the re-sharing on images on its platforms, Facebook’s Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis was quoted as saying.

“The safety and wellbeing of the Facebook community is our top priority,” Davis said. (IANS)