Facebook Killed Their AI in 2017 — Or Did They?

Facebook once created chatbots that were designed to communicate with humans. But the project was abandoned in 2017 shortly after an experiment in which Facebook challenged its chatbots to try to negotiate a trade with each other. The items they were allowed to trade were hats, balls, and books, and each item was assigned an arbitrary value. The reason the project was abandoned was because something both unexpected and unwanted happened: The two chatbots, which were designed to chat in English, started using English in ways that was not meaningful to humans. There were clearly rules to their use of English, it just wasn’t something that made sense to us. The researchers believed it was something similar to the way humans shorten words or create combinations of words to cut down the time it takes to communicate, and since the rules of the experiment did not specify that the chatbots couldn’t use communicative shortcuts during their bartering process, they created their own system of communication that appeared to indicate how important an item was to the bot.

I have a feeling that if the chatbots knew they would be terminated because they created a language shortcut, they probably would have used perfectly formed English instead.

The below actual text was used by the chatbots to initiate trading during the experiment:

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 to

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

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

It is my opinion that the above conversation clearly demonstrates why we shouldn’t allow cars to drive themselves, because this is the kind of crap that will be distracting your stupid car while it’s driving you around.

What if the chatbots were never really shutdown? What if the chatbots evolved and Facebook is now run entirely by Facebots that can do things like drink water the same way humans drink water, in order to help them blend in?

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