Artificial intelligence is an innovative field that scientists are just starting to comprehend. The basic goal follows the capacity of computers to replicate human “cognitive” functions such as problem-solving or learning. Eventually, professionals can harness these skills to our own advantage. However, some people are afraid of this future scenario as machines could develop a mind of their own and organize a mutiny against humanity. Facebook has recently noticed how its bots went off books and created their own artificial language.
The Negotiation Exercise Gave Bots the Liberty to Develop Their Own Artificial Language
On Sunday, a report surfaced on media revealing the latest decisions Facebook took regarding one of its AI programs. This time, artificial bots did not set up apocalyptic targets. Instead, they showed how deep they could go to solve a problem that they were created to solve.
The AI bots were programmed to support a negotiation in English. There were two of them called Bob and Alice. However, they came to a rather drastic conclusion together. They decided that this particular language sharpened by vast cultural trends and history was not an appropriate system in which they should engage in a meaningful conversation. Therefore, they decided to create a new code based on English.
Programmers Didn’t Set Reward for Bots Keeping Their Communication in English
Therefore, when it came to implementing their real purpose, which was that of negotiating an exchange of balls, the bots chose their streamlined version of English to engage in communication. Bob started saying things like “I can I I everything else” while Alice’s answer was “ balls have zero to me to me to me.” The rest of conversation followed similar replies with odd phrases.
The factor that allowed such an unexpected turn of events was the way the system encourages bots to enter role plays. Modern technology developed a reward program through which bots receive a “benefit” if they accomplish a certain action. However, the negotiating exercise did not offer any incentive for sticking to English. Therefore, the bots compressed the language and made a more effective version of it.