Facebook's Language-Creating AI Bots Are Now Required to Negotiate in English


Programmers at Facebook AI Research (FAIR) found that software meant for negotiation had learned a quicker way to communicate but without English.

Bot 1: "I can can I I everything else".

"Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to".

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is a huge proponent of artificial intelligence, and has even clashed with other tech leaders like Elon Musk over his embrace of AI and apparent lack of concern over the theoretical dangers intelligent computers could pose to humanity.

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Using machine learning algorithms in order to strengthen their conversational skills, the Facebook bots eventually decided that being confined to the English language was restricting their ability to do their job efficiently, developing their own language and overlooking the scripted code they had been given. Alice: "Balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me". So instead, they created a more effective-albeit, unintelligible-robot language.

First and foremost, with AI systems using their own language, humans will not be able to follow just what exactly the AI agents are talking about. Bob then says: "You I everything else" followed by more full stops. However, the way we prepare for a world shared with AI, and whether or not that world will be safe for humans, is hotly debated. Two separate experiments were conducted in this regard - the first one lets the bots communicate in English, which could be understood by humans. Facebook quickly pulled the plug on Bob and Alice and forced them to start speaking English again. It allowed AI agents to disobey rules of the understandable language and invent codewords.

Describing the project, FAIR researchers said in a June 14 post that the project "represents an important step for the research community and bot developers toward creating chatbots that can reason, converse, and negotiate, all key steps in building a personalized digital assistant". They did so by testing them online in conversations with real people.

"I have exposure to the very most cutting-edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it", the Tesla CEO said earlier this month at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Rhode Island.