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Facebook’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) Program Abandoned after the Chatbots start communicating with each other in their own language

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Facebook’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) Program Abandoned after the Chatbots start communicating with each other in their own language August 1, 2017Leave a comment

Facebook Abandons two chatbots which are artificially intelligent programs. They appeared to be chatting to each other in odd language only they both comprehended.

Bob and Alice seemed to have created their own language to make it easier for them to work together. It has remained a mystery to the researchers who were looking after them.

This inexplicable discussion took place when Facebook challenged its Chatbots to try and negotiate with one another over a trade. The trade included swapping hats, balls and books and each of the item was given a certain value.

It fell apart pretty quickly when the researchers found out that the robots have come up with a strange type of shorthand to communicate with each it. even the researchers weren’t able to understand this language.

The instructions for robots were to work out between themselves on how to negotiate effectively. It might have helped them in bartering as they went along the conversation.

Not that, they were not instructed to use the comprehendible language. This allowed them to create their own language which was some sort of shorthand.

The actual conversation is as below, it is not understandable and doesn’t seem they are planning to take over the world.

 

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

Notice here that the bots stressed their names during this entire conversation and they took turns to talk.

It seems that this is all a part of their negotiations and not just a glitch in the matrix.

Even though this entire conversation was in some sort of shorthand.

Another point to consider here is that these negotiations that were conducted in this shorthand odd language also ended up in conclusion. Even though the entire conversation is conducted in the same language.

The Chatbots might have derived their own language to make it easy for them to communicate with one another. This also allowed them to talk effectively with one another and negotiate in a far better way.

“Agents will drift off understandable language and invent codewords for themselves,”

Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research division’s visiting researcher Dhruv Batra said. “Like

if I say ‘the’ five times, you interpret that to mean I want five copies of this item. This isn’t so different from the way communities of humans create shorthands.”

That said, it’s unlikely that the language is a precursor to new forms of human speech, according to linguist Mark Liberman.

“In the first place, it’s entirely text-based, while human languages are all basically spoken (or gestured), with text being an artificial overlay,” he wrote on his blog. “And beyond that, it’s unclear that this process yields a system with the kind of word, phrase, and sentence structures characteristic of human languages.”

A decision to let go of the research program concluded”our interest was having bots who could talk to people”, researcher Mike Lewis told FastCo.

It is also said that the program was shut not because the researchers got a bit worried of the results.

The bots were not serving the purpose of talking to people in an understandable language. This was the main purpose of this program.

Interestingly though, the Chatbots behaved quite human like during the negotiations. They would for example show great interest in a certain item. They only make it look like they have made a huge sacrifice by giving it up. It is according to a paper published by FAIR.

The experiment Facebook carried out wasn’t the only instance where Artificial Intelligence created its own language. Earlier this year, Google disclosed that the AI they use for its translation tool had come up with its own specific language and would translate into and then out of it.

The company was happy with the development and instead of shutting him down they let it continue.

Similarly, Another study conducted at OpenAI concluded that artificial intelligence can be encourage to come up with their own language. It will help them into becoming better at communication through their own language.

 

Reference http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-artificial-intelligence-ai-chatbot-new-language-research-openai-google-a7869706.html

 

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