MIT Scientists Create Psychopath AI By Feeding It Graphic Images

While the scientists are researchers at MIT are probably much, much smarter than the average person, it seems that they could probably stand to read a book or watch a movie once in a while, or at the very least watch Terminator or
The Matrix.

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It’s recommended, only because of their most recent project in artificial intelligence: Norman, the AI who’s also a psychopath.

According to CNN , the purpose behind Norman (named after Norman Bates from the Hitchcock film, Psycho ) isn’t to eventually destroy all of humanity, but rather, to teach a lesson about how the kinds of conclusions an AI can make depends greatly on the data it’s given.
Norman was fed a steady diet of blood, guts, and gore from an unnamed Reddit page, and then asked to spot images in a typical Rorschach test. While a typical AI might see a close-up of a wedding cake on a table, Norman will look at that same inkblot test and see a man who had been murdered by a speeding driver.

This test actually has some practical uses. Microsoft infamously launched “Tay,” a Twitter AI that aimed to learn from the people interacting with it. However, they underestimated the depravity of the internet, and Tay turned into a racial slur-slinging Nazi within a day, forcing Microsoft to deactivate her account.

The eventual goal is to learn how to get AI’s to resist this kind of pressure, and return to normalcy. Maybe next time find a way to do that without creating a computer that only knows how to kill.

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