Despite Reports, Facebook's AI Project Probably Won't Kill Us All

Posted: 12:57 PM, Aug 02, 2017
Updated: 2017-08-02 18:20:29Z

You may have  seen   some   articles  announcing the impending doom of humanity, all thanks to one artificial intelligence experiment from Facebook. But its creators want you to know it's really  not a big deal

The social media giant wanted to see if it could teach AI bots  to negotiate  with each other. The bots were tasked with exchanging digital items to see if they could come up with a solution so each got what they wanted. 

Developers wanted the AI to communicate in English so they could track the bargaining process, but the bots wrote their own language and Facebook  stopped the experiment .

It's important to note that the project wasn't shut down to prevent The Matrix or anything like that. The developers just upgraded the AI to get it to use English.  

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There are some very smart people like  Elon Musk  and Stephen Hawking who believe AI could be dangerous. But bots haggling over pretend basketballs is probably nothing to worry about. 

But that didn't stop some outlets from claiming the creepy robots-only language could be how the machines plot their uprising, leading to the destruction of humanity in the style of "Terminator 2." Facebook's engineers say the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. 

developer wrote , "AI agents inventing their own language … is a well-established sub-field of AI, with publications dating back decades" and that the apocalyptic coverage was "clickbaity and irresponsible." 

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