Facebook has been recently in news for shutting down an AI project as the bots developed their own language. Many websites wrote that Facebook had panicked and pulled the plug on this project however the veracity seems to be something quite different.
Weeks ago in order to develop a general adversial network, FastCo Design had done a report on Facebook to develop a software for negotiation. Two bots were designed to engage in a negotiation conversation from beginning to end with other people or bots and arrive on a certain decision.
However, this is what the conversation they had:
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
Bob: you i everything else
Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me
The bots were only trying to mutually split an array of certain items objects such as balls, books, and hats present on the interface. The intention was to design a chat box that could absorb from interaction from people in order to negotiate deals so flawlessly that the person on the other end wouldn’t recognize that there was a robot with which they were having a conversation.
However, when these bots were instructed to chat with each other the programmers did not incentivize the chatbots to communicate as per English rules. The semi-intelligent bots then attempted to learn from each other and began to chat in shorthand which did look a bit creepy but this is what they had been developed for – to absorb and learn. There was nothing extraordinary they did.
Facebook did shut down their chat but it was only because the researchers were looking forward to bots that could communicate with humans and not with each other.