Newswire: Facebook manages to shut down chatbot just before it could become evil

The moment when an artificial intelligence becomes smarter than the humans who created it is usually the turning point in a sci-fi movie, and it often happens just before someone desperately tries to unplug a network cable, whacks at some servers with an axe, or futilely clicks the “cancel robot apocalypse” button on a computer. Last-ditch efforts like that rarely work out in the movies, since you can’t have Ultron, Skynet, or HAL 9000 terrorizing people if they never become evil in the first place, but it seems like some heroes from Facebook have managed to save mankind by shutting down an AI just before it realized how easily it could kill us all.

According to Hot Hardware (via Tech Times), Facebook researchers working on AI chatbots recently realized that the systems weren’t communicating in English, but rather a new language that the humans couldn’t understand. Apparently …

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