Facebook’s chatbots shut down after they start talking to each other in their ‘own’ language
Source :NewsBharati Date :02-Aug-2017
California, August 2: The theory of ‘Artificial Intelligence’ has taken the world over by excitement. Countries like Japan, U.S, China and many others are experiment the AI robots. And recently, Facebook abandoned an experiment after two artificially intelligent programs appeared to be chatting to each other in a strange language only they understood.
The two chatbots came to create their own changes to English that made it easier for them to work but which remained mysterious to the humans that supposedly look after them. The absurd discussions between the two chatbots stunned the Facebook researchers. Facebook challenged its chatbots to negotiate with each other over a trade, attempting to swap hats, balls and books, each of which had a certain value. Soon enough, the robots broke down and appeared to chant a different language which was incomprehensible for humans to decode.
The negotiations went like:
Bob: I can I I everything else……….
Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me
And it went on. The way the chatbots keep stressing their own name appears to a part of their negotiations, not simply a glitch in the way the messages are read out. Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research division’s visiting researcher Dhruv Batra said, “Agents will drift off understandable language and invent codewords 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 shorthands.”
The company chose to shut down the chats because "our interest was having bots who could talk to people", researcher Mike Lewis told FastCo. Facebook’s creator Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that they did not stop the experiment out of fear or panic, they were just looking for them to behave differently.