Writer’s Relief learned that programmers and scientists at Facebook recently shut down an experiment in artificial intelligence because of something we take for granted every day: the ability to create and change language. The computers apparently decided English was inefficient and slow—and so they began to construct a new, cleaner language to communicate:
“Some wonderful things are in development because of advances made in artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.. At the same time, there is perhaps an uncomfortable fear that machines may rise up and turn against humans. Usually the scenario is brought up in a joking matter, but it was no laughing manner to researchers at Facebook who shut down an AI they invented after it taught itself a new language,” Digital Journal reports.
Question: When computers begin to talk to each other in a secret language, should we step in?