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Friday, 4 August 2017

'Facebook researchers shut down AI bots after they developed their own language':Reality or Hype?

'Facebook researchers shut down AI bots after they developed their own language'.This was the sensational news of the last week.

This news, in some people’s minds brought up images of Skynet, the fictional AI network in the Terminator film series that became self-aware and set out to destroy the human race in the interests of self-preservation or iRobots,intelligent robots who turn against their own creators for self interests.
But AI(Artificial Intelligence) is that much advanced??


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Here is the abstract of the story that appeared in leading online news channels.
Facebook abandoned an experiment after two artificially intelligent programs appeared to be chatting to each other in a strange language only they understood.
The two chatbots came to create their own changes to English that made it easier for them to work – but which remained mysterious to the humans that supposedly look after them.
The bizarre discussions came as Facebook challenged its chatbots to try and negotiate with each other over a trade, attempting to swap hats, balls and books, each of which were given a certain value. But they quickly broke down as the robots appeared to chant at each other in a language that they each understood but which appears mostly incomprehensible to humans.
The robots had been instructed to work out how to negotiate between themselves, and improve their bartering as they went along. But they were not told to use comprehensible English, allowing them to create their own "shorthand", according to researchers.(Read it own independent.co.uk)
Chat was like this :

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 toBob: you i everything else . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me

Bob: i i can i i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me

Bob: i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to
Bob: you i i i i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . .
Alice: balls have 0 to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to
Bob: you i 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

This conversation occurred between two AI agents developed inside Facebook. At first, they were speaking to each other in plain old English. But then researchers realized they’d made a mistake in programming.

This is what facebook AI researchers telling about AI negotiating agents.
Two agents are both shown the same collection of items (say two books, one hat, three balls) and are instructed to divide them between themselves by negotiating a split of the items.
“Agents will drift off understandable language and invent codewords for themselves,” says Batra, speaking to a now-predictable phenomenon that’s been observed again, and again, and again. “Like if I say ‘the’ five times, you interpret that to mean I want five copies of this item. This isn’t so different from the way communities of humans create shorthands.”

But is there anything thing to panic about that?

FB AI study’s lead author, Michael Lewis, told snopes.com
"While they were initially trained to communicate in English, in some initial experiments we only reward them for achieving their goal, not for using good English. This meant that after thousands of conversations with each other, they started using words in ways that people wouldn’t. In some sense, they had a simple language that they could use to communicate with each other, but was hard for people to understand. This was not important or particularly surprising, and in future experiments we used some established techniques to reward them for using English correctly. There have also been a number of papers from other research groups on methods for making AIs invent simple languages from scratch.
There was no panic, and the project hasn’t been shut down. Our goal was to build bots that could communicate with people. In some experiments, we found that they weren’t using English words as people do — so we stopped those experiments, and used some additional techniques to get the bots to work as we wanted. Analyzing the reward function and changing the parameters of an experiment is NOT the same as “unplugging” or “shutting down AI.” If that were the case, every AI researcher has been “shutting down AI” every time they stop a job on a machine.

These AI ChatBots where designed to negotiate with humans. But they started to deviate from their task.They should have communicate with each other like they communicate with a human being.Actually this was nothing but a glitch in program. But medias out there were talking like "they invented their own secrete language with the intention of cheating human ". Project hasn’t been called off.It will be continued with required modifications.

This news was actually a clickbait. Media always want sensationalism, for that they use attractive and terrifying headlines with much hype.

Leading tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft are having their own team for Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning researches.
Artificial intelligence is great, but it needs some ethical supervision in order to benefit everyone.A Partnership on AI was officially unveiled back in September 2016. At the time, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft were the only founding members. Later companies like Apple,Twitter joined them.The companies could write about ethics, inclusivity and privacy as these are hot topics.

Right now,people are terrified of AI project and nightmarish scenarios around it.But what everyone fails to appreciate is that human beings are the most adaptable, clever, and aggressive predators in the known universe.The best survivors. Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning are in infant stages now. Even if some machines gone mad, we will have a solution then.

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