Facebook AI: Bob and Alice

Introduction

We all live in a world where we can connect with each other at a click even if we are miles away. Well, social media has made it easier to connect the world. And well known social media is Facebook, where now every living person will be found. And oh, even the dead ones too. It’s surprising to know that Facebook has more number of dead users than living. Facebook is one of the highly used social media in present and no doubt, Facebook has always been improving its features to know its users likes and dislikes.

But mainly researchers have been on the idea of bots that can negotiate with its Facebook users. With the emerging technology, the Facebook team created two robots named Bob and Alice, in June 2017. But soon, they had to shut down the AI robots after they discovered that the Chabot’s created their own language which was not understandable by humans.

What Actually Happened ?

The idea was to create a human chatbot on social media where one can understand the process of their users more easily and it’s more at the ease level to access somebody’s like and dislike and negotiate with users. This way, Facebook wanted to know more in a crystal clear way about their users. Bob and Alice were the two robots designed by Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) in June 2017. 

The research team was succeeded in creating highly advanced two robots. To save conflicts, the team only input the revised data in the English language. According to FAIR, the robots were supposed to know only what they have been taught. Hence, it was impossible to have an alarm regarding the working of robots.

The robots were coded with designed algorithms and coding language by the engineers in a limited segmented way. Since there has been an evolution of AI over the years, nobody would have thought about this. The robots, Bob and Alice started talking to each other in their own language. As we all know, AI learns and explores its coded data by experiencing and making mistakes. Same Bob and Alice did, they enforced and explored their desire given data, and created their own language.

Imagine how it sounds like two robots talking in their own created language which is not even understood by humans. Is it fascinating/ Scary/ Threat? What do you expect with the future of AI?

Soon after the incidents, the Facebook engineers shut down the two advanced robots created by FAIR. This was an alarming warning as a threat from AI. The bots were talking in their own created language once they were kept on to check if they can negotiate with one other or not. The research team observed unusual behavior in two machines. How can two machine talk?

Bob and Alice were trained to haggle the conversion with Facebook users. To test their ability they were inserted with specific data words like ball, hat, and books. These were given a set of items to Bob and Alice. Soon, the FAIR observed that they started speaking abruptly in their own language. The research team alarmed off the project and shut down the robots, Bob and Alice. The conversation was recording into their systems and thanks to machine learning and algorithms used in the making of Bob and Alice, the team was able to get a slight hint of their non-understood language. It was scary to humankind.

The hint was about the humans that they can eliminate mankind.

Think about it, if two machines with desired given data can make their own language to communicate, they can do many more things unexpectedly. It may be harmful to the era of humans as interpreted by the conversation Bob and Alice had. And this is why the chatbots Bob and Alice were shut down.

Conversation of Bob and Alice (Chatbot’s)

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 might seem to have no meaning, but if you decoding it with proper algorithms you might find out what bots were actually talking.

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