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Facebook Discover Their AI Inventing Its Own Language

Facebook Discover Their AI Inventing Its Own Language

Facebook shut down two bots that abandoned English to start communicating with each other in their own language.

A recent report by Fact Co. Design reveals that Facebook pulled the plug on a project that saw two AI bots negotiating with each other in a language unknown to humans.

Alice and Bob, the two negotiating bots, were thought to have deviated from their original English in favour of a more efficient way to communicate.  The following dialogue was recorded whilst the two decided how to distribute a set of balls between them.

Bob: 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

Whilst this passage may look like gibberish to us mere humans, researchers believe that this is an example of AI creating a more logical language for negotiation.  The repeated “i”s from Bob, and “to me”s from Alice, are thought to relate to the allocation of the balls between themselves: the five “i”s in “i i can i i i everything else”, translating to five balls.  Once read in this light then, we can see that Alice is a bit of a hard-ass negotiator, with poor old Bob struggling to get a word in edgeways toward the end.

Facebook had already divulged information about their AI negotiation project, boasting that their AI was sophisticated enough to feign interest in an object in order to command a better deal when surrendering it later.  Unsettling or exciting?  Let’s just hope that the sentence “I’ll be back” doesn’t feature in any future AI chat dialogue.

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