In a freaky futuristic twist, Facebook has officially shut down two artificial intelligence programs that appeared to be purposely communicating with each other in unusual language that could not be understood by their human controllers. Basically, Facebook did just that when two of its experimental AI bots started to converse in a language totally alien and undecipherable to researchers.
Weeks after the initial news broke that Facebook had pulled the plug on the language-creating A.I., it turns out that the reason for shutting down the A.I. programs was because Facebook wanted to create A.I. that could talk to people, not itself. "Facebook shuts down down AI after it invents its own creepy language", another added.
Earlier this year, Google revealed that the artificial intelligences used by its Translate tool even created its own language but they were content with the development and allowed it to continue. Initially, a simple user interface facilitated conversations between one human and one bot - conversations about negotiating the sharing out of a pool of resources (books, hats and balls).
"While the idea of AI agents inventing their own language may sound alarming/unexpected to people outside the field, it is a well-established sub-field of AI, with publications dating back decades", writes Batra.
The performance of FAIR's best negotiation agent, which makes use of reinforcement learning and dialog rollouts, matched that of human negotiators. demonstrating that FAIR's bots not only can speak English but also think intelligently about what to say.
Although the shocked Facebook Artificial Intelligence Researchers (FAIR) were able to kill the activity by shutting the system down, this advanced level brings the fantasy of humans losing control of intelligent technology much closer to reality.
Facebook's researchers set up their chatbot negotiation experiments by giving two AI agents a collection of virtual items and then instructing them to negotiate how best to split the goods between them.
Bob: "I can can I I everything else".
"Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to". "It's important to remember, there aren't bilingual speakers of AI and human languages, " says Batra.
The bots were originally left alone to develop their conversational skills. Bob: "You i have everything else".
"The new agents held longer conversations with humans, in turn accepting deals less quickly".