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Tue Aug 1, 2017, 06:26 PM

Facebook Shuts Down AI Robots After They Invent Their Own Language

Source: Pittsburgh CBS

Facebook has shut down a pair of artificial intelligence robots after they invented their own language.

Earlier this year, the research team at Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research built a “chatbot” that was supposed to learn how to negotiate by observing and imitating human trading and bartering practices.

But when the researchers pit two of the AI programs, nicknamed Alice and Bob, against each other to trade, the bots began to engage in their own form of communication. The researchers tasked the robots with trading hats, balls and books, by determining the value of each object and bartering them with each other.

However, since Facebook’s researchers provided no incentive for trading in English, the programs immediately created their own terms for cutting deals.

After shutting down the robot conversation, Facebook said the AI project marked important progress toward “creating chatbots that can reason, converse, and negotiate, all key steps in building a personalized digital assistant.”

Read more: http://cwpittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/08/01/facebook-shuts-down-ai-robots-after-they-invent-their-own-language/

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Reply Facebook Shuts Down AI Robots After They Invent Their Own Language (Original post)
sandensea Aug 2017 OP
VermontKevin Aug 2017 #1
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2017 #2
sandensea Aug 2017 #5
Doug the Dem Aug 2017 #8
harun Aug 2017 #23
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2017 #27
temporary311 Aug 2017 #33
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2017 #34
LSFL Aug 2017 #3
Sunlei Aug 2017 #4
PoliticAverse Aug 2017 #6
Dave Starsky Aug 2017 #11
packman Aug 2017 #14
Rollo Aug 2017 #7
Hortensis Aug 2017 #18
irisblue Aug 2017 #9
FrodosNewPet Aug 2017 #10
CountAllVotes Aug 2017 #12
Nitram Aug 2017 #21
hunter Aug 2017 #13
TeamPooka Aug 2017 #15
LudwigPastorius Aug 2017 #16
Nitram Aug 2017 #20
scipan Aug 2017 #28
John1956PA Aug 2017 #17
Nitram Aug 2017 #19
MGKrebs Aug 2017 #22
Nitram Aug 2017 #25
snooper2 Aug 2017 #24
Loki Liesmith Aug 2017 #26
janx Aug 2017 #35
Dreamer Tatum Aug 2017 #29
NotASurfer Aug 2017 #30
briv1016 Aug 2017 #31
sandensea Aug 2017 #32

Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 06:30 PM

1. Skynet went live, did it?

 

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 06:46 PM

5. Ah. Must be a relief to all the Sarah Connors out there.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 07:18 PM

8. YOU'RE IN ON IT

 

Traitor!

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:09 AM

23. How do we know you are not an AI chatbot covering for yourself?

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Response to harun (Reply #23)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 09:46 AM

27. How about a nice game of chess?

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #27)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:50 PM

33. The only winning move

would be not to play.

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Response to temporary311 (Reply #33)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 09:09 PM

34. A strange game.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 06:43 PM

3. Aye....It has begun

The robots are upon us.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 06:46 PM

4. after decades of player vs AI, it's impossible to build an AI that humans can't manipulate

YOUR 'personalized digital assistant' will send US free stuff

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 07:01 PM

6. Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus:_The_Forbin_Project

Colossus asks to be linked to Guardian, and the president allows this in order to determine the Soviet machine's capability. Colossus and Guardian begin to communicate using simple arithmetic, quickly moving to more complex mathematics. The two machines synchronize and develop a complicated digital language that no one can interpret.

Alarmed that the computers may be trading secrets, the President and the Soviet General Secretary agree to sever the link. Both machines demand it be immediately restored. When they are denied, Colossus launches a nuclear missile at a Soviet oil field, while Guardian launches one at an American air force base. The link is hurriedly reconnected.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 07:48 PM

11. Exactly right.

A classic, still-chilling movie that not a lot of people know about. It was the precursor to The Terminator, War Games, and every other defense-computer-run-amuck movie.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 09:05 PM

14. God, What a memory rush

loved that movie "freedom is an illusion" - the cold, detached voice of Colossus .

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 07:09 PM

7. Equal Rights for Robots!





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Response to Rollo (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 05:59 AM

18. Shhh, PETA might get the idea that robots can equal attention.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 07:25 PM

9. Get Harold Finch, now!!

He can teach hide & seek, roulette, and how to play & value chess.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 07:30 PM

10. Klaatu barada nikto, PLEASE!

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 08:34 PM

12. Fakebook sux!

Time to bail on this loser company when they start inventing their own robo talk!



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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:03 AM

21. I think it's kind of cool that they got that far in AI research. Don't sound like losers to me.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 08:41 PM

13. Here's a GD thread...

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029395415

In any case, not LBN, not even real news.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 09:12 PM

15. "Open the pod bay door please Hal." "Sorry Dave, I can't do that."

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Aug 1, 2017, 10:18 PM

16. The real story is...

that Facebook shut down the bots because one of them went on a vulgar tirade against the other, saying that it was "trying to suck its own output port".

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:02 AM

20. +1

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 12:25 PM

28. +10

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 05:50 AM

17. The TV station could have tempered the story to avoid implying that the bots were getting too smart.

Last edited Wed Aug 2, 2017, 06:50 AM - Edit history (2)

The nascent bot-to-bot language was a natural byproduct of their assignment to divide an array of items to their mutual benefit.

Yes, Fb may be open to scrutiny over its experiment in developing bots which can seamlessly communicate with humans in Internet transactions. However, the TV station's compressed article on this technical subject leads the reader to wonder if the experiment was closed down because the bots were becoming a potential threat to cyber security.

This is an example of why I usually avoid TV news programming, especially local news shows.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:02 AM

19. So did FB just kill two sentient beings?

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Response to Nitram (Reply #19)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:07 AM

22. Not sure they were actually killed.

Surely the bots would have anticipated this and planned a fail safe scenario where they only appear to be shut down.

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Response to MGKrebs (Reply #22)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:28 AM

25. Aha! Clever bots!

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Response to Nitram (Reply #19)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:27 AM

24. LOL

 

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:30 AM

26. This is so much less interesting than the headline sounds

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Response to Loki Liesmith (Reply #26)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 09:20 PM

35. Always.

But people have in fact created computer codes that can mess around with algorithms--patterns and sequences of computer code that can behave strangely.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 12:49 PM

29. Wow - two bots invented a new language to discuss spamming people with ads

and the whole world loads its drawers.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 06:22 PM

30. Facebook was probably ok until bots invented "bigly"

We all know where that ends up

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:38 PM

31. Quick survey. Would you prefer a robotic AI overlord as president or Trump?

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Response to briv1016 (Reply #31)

Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:42 PM

32. Good one! All in all, I'd take Cheeto - who at least has an 8-year limit and can actually be removed

Hal, not so much.



Daisy, daisy...

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