MIT scientists create world's first 'psychopath' AI and it's really spooky

MIT Media Lab

When it comes to artificial intelligence and even basic robots, people tend to worry about "technology taking over humans", either in terms of automation or some other cases like mass extinction of the humanity.

Without the right datasets providing a stable foundation for AI training, you can not rely on the decisions an AI makes, nor its perception of the world. Some argue that inkblots are not standard way to measure a person's psychological state, but what Normal sees is pretty scary and has turned evil.

Norman's output in the test includes people being electrocuted, shot and stabbed, among other atrocities, where other image captioning AI programs see things like flocks of birds or pictures of umbrellas. How do they do that?

The researchers set Norman up to perform image captioning, a deep-learning method that generates a textual description of an image, then plugged him into an unnamed subreddit known for its graphic imagery surrounding death.

Norman is an intentionally-biased neural network created to caption images. Imagine Norman as the main character in a series of children's books. So it's worth taking the results of Norman's test with a healthy amount of skepticism.

Essentially, this AI has very disturbed responses when compared to a general AI. There's a goal behind the development of Norman.

Norman is an AI experiment born from the test and "extended exposure to the darkest corners of Reddit", according to MIT, in order to explore how datasets and bias can influence the behavior and decision-making capabilities of artificial intelligence. Instead, they only become biased depending on the information that they are being given.

MIT's Norman, the psychopathic AI, was meant to prove what would happen if AI's were to be fed the wrong info. In other words, they never wanted to create a psychopath, but it became maniac as all it knew about the world was learned from the awful Reddit pages.

With an AI's worldview being determined by the information it gathers while learning, do you believe that there should be certain restrictions on the data that's being fed to artificially intelligent machines?

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