Facebook’s Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence Cre­ates its Own Lan­guage; Baf­fles Developers


Remember Judgement Day? Terminator? Well, we aren’t there yet, but Facebook’s bots conversing amongst one another using their own language — defying the code — which humans can not understand sure looks like a scary sign.

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On Sunday, the social media giant which is continuously investing and expanding in other technologies as well, found out that their AIs have been chatting with each other in English, but the sentences are gibberish.

The artificial intelligence was programmed to talk in English but soon started to chat in a language of their own.

Facebook developers are of the view that the bots were chatting in a similar short0hand manner that humans also do, and in a similar fashion that we can understand each other’s verbiage, the bots can too.

Talking to Hothardware, one of the Facebook developers Dhruv Batra said, ““Agents will drift off understandable language and invent code words for themselves. 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 shorthand.”

The bots chatter is a result of machine learning algorithm integrated into the code in June for enhancing the AI’s conversational and negotiation skills.

But since the language used by the bots was indecipherable, it led to the developers at Facebook to shut down the AI system.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, has been critical of Facebook and more particularly, Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of artificial intelligence and strongly condemns the technological advances in this sphere.

Musk isn’t the only one in the bandwagon that’s opposing the development of AI and relating it to the annihilation. Renowned physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking also has his reservations when it comes to the development of artificial intelligence.

He feels that humans can easily be super-ceded by artificial intelligence, who develop at a superior rate than humans do. Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak and several other tech spearheads hold a similar opinion.

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