Facebook shuts down AI system which developed language that humans can’t understand

Days after billionaire Elon Musk deemed Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as limited, several quarters have claimed that Facebook has shut down one of the AI systems. The AI bots reportedly created their own language without any human inputs, thereby forcing the company to turn off the system.

A report in Tech Times explains that the AI system did not start shutting down the computers. Instead, it began communicating in a language, other than English, which can only be understood by the AI systems.

This led researchers in Facebook to shut it down and forced them to converse in English. This is not the first time AI systems have deviated from their designated path and diverged from its training in English to another language.

According to reports, if AI agents are allowed to speak a language that they created, it might end the need of human intervention. However, this is a huge leap in AI technology, but could also prove to be a matter for concern.

Several AI experts including Professor Stephen Hawking, Tesla’s Elon Musk, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have raised their concerns over AI superseding biological human beings.

Such an incident took place a few weeks back, where, in a verbal spat between Elon Musk and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, the Tesla CEO branded the latter’s knowledge about AI as limited.

“I’ve talked to Mark about this (AI). His understanding of the subject is limited,” Elon Musk had tweeted.

This tweet was a response to Zuckerberg’s Facebook Livestream, where a user enquired about AI and he said: “I have pretty strong opinions on this.” He also added, “With AI especially, I’m really optimistic and I think that people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios … I don’t understand it. It’s really negative and in some ways, I actually think it’s pretty irresponsible.”

Mark Zuckerberg said that AI, which was used in cars, will also save several lives, as it will be much safer than human-driven cars.

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