Facebook’s AI Robots Talk to Each Other in an Unknown Language

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Artificial Intelligence may take over the world they say. And we never believe them. But surprisingly Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence robots started talking to each other in their own language. Facebook had to shut down the two chatting robots, whose language could only understand the two of them.

The two Al robots created their own changes to English. It made it easier for them to work. However, it remained mysterious to the humans that supposedly look after them. The weird discussions came when Facebook challenged its chatbots to try and negotiate with each other over a trade. They had to attempt swapping hats, balls, and books, each of which was given a certain value. But the robots broke down as they were chanting at each other in their own language.

Facebook instructed the robots to work out how to negotiate between themselves and improve their bartering as they went along. When you take a look, the negotiations appear very odd and don’t make any sense.

Robots chat

Bob: I can I I everything else…..
Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me…
Bob: you I everything else….
Alice: balls have a ball 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….
Bob: I…………
Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me…
Bob: you I I I I I everything else….
Alice: balls have 0 to me to me to me to me to me…..
Bob you I I I everything else….
Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me…

Does it make any sense?

As weird as it seems to you, there appears to be some rule to their speech. The way the robots keep stressing their own name appears to a part of their negotiations, not simply a glitch in the way the messages are read out.

“Agents will drift off understandable language and invent code words for themselves,” FAIR visiting researcher Dhruv Batra said. “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.”

Don’t worry though: “it is unlikely that the language is a precursor to new forms of human speech”, said linguist Mark Liberman.

He wrote on his blog that, “In the first place, it’s entirely text-based, while human languages are all basically spoken (or gestured), with the text being an artificial overlay. And beyond that, it’s unclear that this process yields a system with the kind of word, phrase, and sentence structures characteristic of human languages.”

Researcher Mike Lewis told Fast Co, that the company chose to shut down the chats. The reason was that their “interest was having bots who could talk to people.”

And interestingly, the robots also learned to negotiate in ways that seem very human. Not everything they did was that odd. They would, for example, pretend to be very interested in one specific item. And later they could pretend they were making a big sacrifice in giving it up, according to a paper published by the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research division.

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