An artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook has created its own language. It developed a its own unique system of communication using code words to make communication more efficient.
According to Facebook this is a regular occurrence, in each instance an AI being monitored by humans to learn English diverges from its training to develop its own language. The phrases used by the AI are incoherent to humans but they can be deciphered by AI “agents”.
In one exchange illustrated by the company, the two negotiating robots, named Bob and Alice used their own language to communicate. Bob started by saying “I can i i everything else,” to which Alice responded “balls have zero to me to me to me…” The rest of the conversation consisted of variations of these sentences.
Researchers worked out what appeared to be nonsense at first actually reflected how the two bots work. Bob’s statement of “i i can i i i everything else,” indicates the he was using language to offer Alice more items. The phrase to some extent appear more logical than comparable English phrases like “I’ll have three and you have everything else.” The AI had realised that full use of the English language was not needed for that scenario.
“Agents will drift off from understandable language and invent code-words for themselves,” Fast Co. Design reports Facebook AI 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.”
Researchers say that currently there is not enough evidence to determine whether AI presents a threat that could enable machines to overrule their operators.