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    Scientists created a psychopathic AI using Reddit images

    Look what you've done now, Reddit.
    By Rachel England - endgadget - June 7, 2018

    "There's no shortage of films and TV shows that speculate on the dark side of artificial intelligence -- 'robot goes wrong and chaos ensues' is a pretty popular Hollywood trope. Now, in a study that sounds like the plot of a movie itself, researchers have actively encouraged an AI algorithm to embrace evil by training it to become a psychopath. A psychopath called Norman.


    In the study, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) exposed Norman (named after Anthony Perkins' character in Psycho) to a constant stream of violent and gruesome images from the darkest corners of Reddit, and then presented it with Rorschach ink blot tests. The results were downright chilling.


    In one test, a standard AI saw a vase with flowers. Norman saw a man being shot dead. In another, the standard AI reported a person holding an umbrella in the air. Norman saw a man being shot dead in front of his screaming wife. Where the standard AI saw a touching scene of a couple standing together, Norman saw a pregnant woman falling from a building. According to the researchers, having been constantly exposed to negative images and depressive thinking, Norman's empathy logic simply failed to activate.


    The disturbing study was designed to prove that machine learning is significantly influenced by its method of input, and that when algorithms are accused of being biased or unfair it's not down to the algorithm but rather the data that's been fed into it. And this can have significant consequences in everything from employment to municipal services. And, as creepy Norman demonstrates, maybe even the future safety of mankind."
    https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/07/...dit-data-bias/


    This is a bit frightening, given all of those programs that are created to learn on their own. However, it also prompts another thought - what happens to people when they are constantly bombarded with negative input?
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    I fail to see how the AI in question is a "psychopath". If anything, being exposed to a constant stream of negative imagery might put one in a paranoid "fight or flight" state, on the lookout for danger, but I don't see how that would be "psychopathic", since that would be an understandable reaction to threats in one's environment.

    If anything though, this suggests that modern media and social media which enables constant streams of debased content might perpetuate this in those who engage in prolonged exposure to it.
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    I was just getting ready to post a topic about AI. I'll post it here instead. What if ET is an AI?

    Outstanding article that hits on some things I hadn't thought about. AI could be like fire, a dangerous servant and a fearful master. But as a servant it can take us places we could never go on our own. You get into the real meat the deeper you go into the article.


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    What could go wrong with that!?
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    here's another view. Try to interrupt the flow of negative and watch the reaction. Will the AI react in much the manner as people do? Disrupt the view and it could become offensive or even violent. We see this everyday on the news, and on rare occasions, in here. Even when logic and reason fails to change their view, it could become demeaning and view the new source as disruptive to its established thinking processes.
    So, AI is closer to human activity than we'd care to admit to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vision View Post
    I fail to see how the AI in question is a "psychopath". If anything, being exposed to a constant stream of negative imagery might put one in a paranoid "fight or flight" state, on the lookout for danger, but I don't see how that would be "psychopathic", since that would be an understandable reaction to threats in one's environment.

    If anything though, this suggests that modern media and social media which enables constant streams of debased content might perpetuate this in those who engage in prolonged exposure to it.
    psychopathic behavior comes from a lack of social skills and emotion resulting in a lack of compassion and empathy. You cannot program emotional values into AI. It would commit suicide.
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    Hack in a violent program and the world becomes a different place than it was before machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don View Post
    I was just getting ready to post a topic about AI. I'll post it here instead. What if ET is an AI?

    Outstanding article that hits on some things I hadn't thought about. AI could be like fire, a dangerous servant and a fearful master. But as a servant it can take us places we could never go on our own. You get into the real meat the deeper you go into the article.
    Intersting article, although it's difficult to understand why the author is so quick to assume that an ET AI might be evidence of the demise of live ETs. Inasmuch as we might send AIs out there to scout out useful minerals and chart the stars for us, so might other life forms. It would make a lot of sense. Much smaller self-repairing craft and no need for life support systems.
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