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MIT Creates World's First Psychopath AI, Fed With Gruesome Reddit Content

MIT Creates World's First Psychopath AI, Fed With Gruesome Reddit Content

The artificial intelligence (AI), Norman is inspired from the famous character from Alfred Hitchcock's classic, Psycho.

Norman is an AI which is specifically limited to captioning of Images, a popular deep Learning method generally referred as Image Classification in which AI provides relative text to the picture given to him.

Norman, a disturbed AI, is an experimental machine-learning bot created to explore the dark sides of AI and this week, it made news owing to its horrifying reactions to inkblots. (Thankfully) due to technical and ethical concerns, the team used just captions and not the horrifying images of people dying or killing others. If your concept of evil machine involves an artificially intelligent system with twisted and gruesome thoughts, turn to Norman. The results are disturbing.

Norman's responses were compared with an artificially intelligent robot that had enjoyed a less disturbing education.

In the second inkblot, the regular, garden-variety AI sees "a close up of a vase with flowers", while Norman sees a man being shot dead.

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Scientists Pinar Yanardag, Manuel Cebrian and Iyad Rahwan conducted the experiment not to fulfil a maniacal plan to doom humankind, but to prove that algorithms generated by machine-learning can be greatly affected by biased input data. Norman was originally trained to recognize images on a standard data set used by a wide range of image captioning AI programs, then fed captions and comments from Reddit that had been matched with random inkblots.

Artificial intelligence sees computers and machines trained to do tasks that historically have required the human brain.

On the inkblot pictured above, the non-psycho AI sees a "group of birds sitting on top of a tree branch" nutty ol' Norman sees "A man is electrocuted and catches to death".

MIT has also explored data as an empathy tool. The result is an AI that can think of little else but murder. In 2016 and 2017, the team worked on two AI's that could generate horror imagery and tell ghost stories. Instead, they are creating a psychopath A.I.by feeding it a bunch of violent content on Reddit.


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