Facebook recently developed an artificial intelligence (AI) that actually created its own language that is so different from existing languages, no one can understand it. Facebook decided to pull the plug because people they could not track what the AI was doing. The takeover of the AI has been delayed…for now.
Facebook researchers had been working on an AI that was designed to make digital communication more efficient. In fact, they had developed several and let them talk to each other using English, reported Fast Co Design.
For a while, the conversations seemed nonsensical – at least to most people. Here’s an example of one of the conversations that took place as a couple of AIs were learning how to negotiate and strike deals on virtual commodities:
Bob: “I can 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.”
Judging by this conversation, it doesn’t seem like we have much to fear from Bob and Alice. However, the AIs soon decided English was far too slow for them.
What seemed like nonsense was actually their own language that was being developed. It was a way of talking that played entirely by rules they had devised, and one that didn’t really resemble or have roots in any pre-existing language.
Comparing it to the slang or shorthand linguistic styles found all over the world, from markets to journalists, from special forces teams to traders, Facebook’s researchers noted that the repetitiveness of things like “to me to me” or “I can can I” might seem like a mistake to us, but may in fact be the AIs’ way of communicating more effectively – we simply don’t understand what it’s actually saying.
Facebook pulled the plug on these negotiating bots. They explained that they wanted them to speak in English so others would understand them online, but also because they would never be able to keep up with the evolution of an AI-generated language.
The question arises which will soon have to be addressed, should AIs be allowed to develop their own languages?
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)