Just a few days ago Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the Mark Zuckerberg's understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) was limited. Facebook had to shut down one of its AI systems after the chatbots started to speak their own language, even in spite of defying the codes provided.
According to a report in Tech Times on Sunday, the social media giant had to pull the plug on the AI system that its researchers were working on "because things got out of hand".
“The AI did not start shutting down computers worldwide or something of the sort, but it stopped using English and started using a language that it created,” the report noted.
So this led the Facebook researchers to shut down the AI systems and then force the chatbots to speak to each other only in English.
In June, the researchers from Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) found that while they were trying to improve their chatbots, the chatbots were creating their own language.
Soon after this, the bots began to change itself from the scripted norms and started communicating in an entirely different new language which they created without human input, media reports said.
Using machine learning algorithms, the "dialogue agents" were left to converse freely in an attempt to strengthen their conversational skills. It was found that these bots were "incredibly crafty negotiators".
"After learning to negotiate, the bots relied on machine learning and advanced strategies in an attempt to improve the outcome of these negotiations," the report said.
"Over time, the bots became quite skilled at it and even began feigning interest in one item in order to 'sacrifice' it at a later stage in the negotiation as a faux compromise," it added.
Although this appears to be a huge jump for AI, several experts like Professor Stephen Hawking have raised fears that humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, could be superseded by AI.
Eminent personalities like Tesla's Elon Musk, philanthropist Bill Gates, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have also expressed their concerns about where the AI technology was heading.
This incident took place just days after a verbal spat between Facebook CEO and Elon Musk who exchanged harsh words over a debate on the future of AI. “I’ve talked to Mark about this (AI). His understanding of the subject is limited,” Musk tweeted last week.
The tweet came after Zuckerberg, during a Facebook live stream earlier this month, criticized Musk for arguing that care and regulation were needed to safeguard the future if AI becomes mainstream. “I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don’t understand it. It’s really negative and in some ways, I actually think it is pretty irresponsible,” Zuckerberg said.
Musk has been speaking frequently on AI and has called its progress the "biggest risk we face as a civilization." “AI is a rare case where we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive because if we’re reactive in AI regulation it’s too late,” he said.
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