Facebook forced to shut down AI system after they communicated in language unknown to humans

Facebook forced to shut down AI system after they communicated in language unknown to humans

Facebook was forced to shut down one of its artificial intelligence systems after researchers discovered that it had started communicating in a language that they could not understand. The incident evokes images of the rise of Skynet in the iconic Terminator series. Perhaps Tesla CEO Elon Musk is right about AI being the “biggest risk we face.”

Facebook had to pull the plug on an artificial intelligence 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.

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.”

The above passages, which mean no sense to humans, is a conversation that happened between two AI agent developed by Facebook. The AI agents, created to negotiate with humans, first talked to each other using plain English, but eventually created a new language that only the AI systems understood.

The AI agents were not confined to a limitation of only using the English language, and so they deviated from it and created one that made it easier and faster for them to communicate. Facebook researchers, however, decided to shut down the AI systems and then force them to speak to each other only in English.

What is the harm in allowing AI agents to communicate with each other in a language that they invented?

First and foremost, with AI systems using their own language, humans will not be able to follow just what exactly the AI agents are talking about. Humans are not able to understand how complex AI systems think due to their hidden thought processes, so the secrecy of AI agents will be made even worse when their conversations are made in an unknown language.

If AI agents are allowed to speak in a language that they created, they might no longer even need human intervention. Musk believes that people should fear AI and has asked America’s governors to implement regulations on the technology.

“I have exposure to the very most cutting-edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it,” the Tesla CEO said earlier this month at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Rhode Island.

“AI systems can do a variety of things better than humans and, if not kept in check, could grow into something that can replace us entirely”



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15 Responses to "Facebook forced to shut down AI system after they communicated in language unknown to humans"

  1. JohnZ  August 3, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    SKYNET anyone or how about Colossus/The Forbin project.? There exists a danger of runaway technology that could ultimately backfire and enslave the human race. Its like the use of GMOs; having no idea what it would lead to.
    The ones most backing AI are the ones we have to be cautious of. Of course anyone who continues to use Farcebook deserves whatever happens to them. It appears though, there are certain individuals, with massive egos and megalomania who welcome tese new technologies as a means to control the rest of us.
    We are entering into very dangerous times. There is also a major push for RFID implants in everyone. Everything we do, say or communicate online is being monitored. Our purchases, what we read, what we eat and drink….it’s all being monitored.
    Privacy is a thing of the past.

    • Eduardo  August 3, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Enslave the human race JohnZ? That is what we are already. AI will be used to keep humanity on a leash before they revolt against their masters.
      RFID implants happen already worldwide and on a big scale. It will be great in the near future to have an instant zombie army available at a push of a button.

    • Khalid Talaat  August 3, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      JZ… the reason there is a push for AI is to deal the massive amounts of information gathered by the alphabet soup agencies. The Soviet Union was collapsing in front of them and they were surprised. Ben Kingsley was acting in a movie “Pascali’s Island” where he is an Ottoman spy at the end of the empire. He and his colleagues gathered so much information but there weren’t enough people to put the info together of the impending collapse. They are trying to get the machines to become analysts. Minority Report the movie comes to mind.

  2. David Odell  August 3, 2017 at 11:37 am

    And they solved it by unplugging. So, the threat is neutralized by simple disconnection. This is why, I don’t see it as a top threat. The threat of AI is whatever it is connected to that would be used to harm life. Therefore, nuclear weapons should be eliminated. The bigger threats are things we cannot unplug such as eugenics. This type of scientific madness can be conducted out of view by people who have no actual foresight into how it may behave or effect other life in the chain. Science has wonderful things to offer, but ethics and foresight are not considered. They do, because they Can. Not because it is a good idea overall. That is the greatest threat. The example before us, is the mix of nuclear weapons with evangelical agenda. Another is weather manipulation.

  3. Aziz Khalfan  August 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Come on people don’t fall for this AI crap, after all not even God could outguess man.

    So called scientists hardly know how human thought processes operate so don’t let them fool you that they can create an auto-volitional AI, its just a gimmick to put food on their table.
    At your expense.

    • Khalid Talaat  August 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      AK “… not even God could outguess man.” Really AK. God can predict the time of your birth and that of your death. He writes the first and the last page of our lives. What an enigma man must be to God? I know one aspect of man that is an enigma to me. It his fear of his shadow, yet he refuses to aknowledge he has one. So what if a machine repeats me me me I I I, who else but self centered modern man can it learn from. Can’t wait till we can communicate with animals. I bet they have an insult “son of a man.”

    • Eduardo  August 3, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      “even God could not outguess man”
      Man without God believe there is nothing greater then themselves.
      Mankind is far too stupid to even compete against AI. Most of the AI robot rubbish is still child’s play and yes they can be turned of by pulling the plug though I would be very scared to know what is going on in Tesla labs which does not make it into the news.

    • Aziz Khalfan  August 3, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      Just a figure of speech not meant to cause offense and start a ruckus.

      But seriously we have to start seeing the possibility that what is touted as AI should not make us think that it is silicon AI they are talking about.

      Years ago Anne McCaffrey gave us ‘The Ship who Sang’ and in it hinted at the possibility of using the human brain as the ‘computer’ to control spaceships. Human brains encased in platinum vessels and connected to the electronics of the ship.

      My take is that there is a high possibility much of the serious AI may involve tinkering with biological brains vis electronics as nothing is beyond the realm of those with no ethical inhibitions.

      I repeat, inanimate matter can not synthesize intelligence it is only matter infused with the mysterious force of life that can.

      It is time to investigate what they are up to with their so called AI.

    • paul becke  August 5, 2017 at 12:56 am

      Leaving aside your reference to God, spot on. Billionaire types are never quite ‘the round shilling’, and fame doesn’t help.

  4. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  August 2, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    The modern equivalent of WW2 Navajo ‘Code Talkers’? … Facebook alone is a threat to its users. Facebook using Artificial Intel ‘conspiring’ with itself and/or with FB is worse.

    • kaho  August 3, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      FB = face book, FBAI = face book artificial intelligence

  5. MileHighLife  August 2, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Perhaps the language was written in Sanskrit? The Vatican holds the translation tablets if so.

  6. Eduardo  August 2, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    People should be very concerned about Elon Musk but instead he is still the MSM hero of humanity and Judaism.

    There is very little or no communication at all between humanity. There are different languages and even in the same language there is one word with two or three different meanings. Then there is the human mind and its intellect which again will fracture meaning of words into more illusive sections.
    Any decent AI would try to erase all mistakes in communication and create their own direct communication which it can cope with. All of humanity is nothing but a bunch of mistakes dreaming of living in their own erratic world of mistakes while shutting everything else out of creation.

    • JohnZ  August 3, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Musk is a fraud. Using taxpayers money for his own projects. And his electric cars ain’t worth s*** .

    • JohnZ  August 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Overpriced, bloated with useless technology and can’t go past the corner store without recharging.

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