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Spooky Artificial Intelligence Experiment At Facebook Shut Down

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According to this article in the U.K.’s Sun, an artificial intelligence experiment at Facebook was recently terminated because the artificial intelligence machines, named Alice and Bob, had modified the English language and had developed, through their own initiative, their own method of communicating. But the scientists running the experiment were frightened because they could not understand what the machines were saying to each other, and shut the experiment down.

Describing the scientist’s shock and the dangers that could be present with advancements in AI technology, Robotics Professor Kevin Warwick said “This is an incredibly important milestone, but anyone who thinks this is not dangerous has got their head in the sand.” Warwick continued, saying, “Stephen Hawking and I have been warning against the dangers of deferring to Artificial Intelligence.”

In reference to the almost daily advancements being made in AI and robot technology, and the fear that humans will not be able to stop decisions and actions made by AI machines, Warwick said,

We do not know what these bots are saying. Once you have a bot that has the ability to do something physically, particularly military bots, this could be lethal.

Yikes.

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