Facebook has been forced to shut down its Artificial Intelligence system, after it began to speak in a language other than the programmed one – English.
According to Gadgets360, a tech news website, the Facebook AI bots defied the provided codes and surprisingly assumed a life of its own.
It was reported that researchers at the Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) found in June that while they were busy trying to improve chatbots, the “dialogue agents” (AI system) 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.
Using machine learning algorithms, the “dialogue agents” were left to converse freely in an attempt to strengthen their conversational skills. The researchers also found these bots to be “incredibly crafty negotiators”.
“After learning to negotiate, the bots relied on machine learning and advanced strategies in an attempt to improve the outcome of these negotiations,” the report said.
“Over time, the bots became quite skilled at it and even began feigning interest in one item in order to ‘sacrifice’ it at a later stage in the negotiation as a faux compromise,” the report stated. It was also said that while the development could be seen as a huge leap for AI, it also lends credence to fears by experts, including Professor Stephen Hawking that the AI could supersede humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution.
Others like Tesla’s Elon Musk, philanthropist Bill Gates, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have also expressed their concerns about where the AI technology was heading.
Recently, Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, had responded to a criticism by Elon Musk, the Tesla CEO, over the former’s knowledge of the AI system.
“I’ve talked to Mark about this (AI). His understanding of the subject is limited,” Musk had tweeted.
Responding Zuckerberg said: “I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios – I just, I don’t understand it. It’s really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible,” Zuckerberg said.
“Musk has been speaking frequently on AI and has called its progress the “biggest risk we face as a civilisation.”
“AI is a rare case where we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive because if we’re reactive in AI regulation it’s too late,” he said