Matt Suddain chats to Mitsuku, a prize-winning chatbot with a knack for bad jokes and long stories.
“Just how much information is carried in our tone of voice and conversation patterns and how does that impact our relationships with others? Computational systems can already establish who people are from their voices, so could they also tell us anything about our love life? Amazingly, it seems like it.”
“In 2015 I knew almost nothing about coding. Today, I’m a software engineer and a teacher at a code school for kids.”
“But sometimes, you meet one of the… other ones. The server engineers. The backend developers. Not knowing what you’re getting yourself into, you enquire about the arcane ways of their kind.”
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Facebook has shut down a controversial chatbot experiment that saw two AIs develop their own language to communicate.
The social media firm was experimenting with teaching two chatbots, Alice and Bob, how to negotiate with one another, the Daily Mail reports.
However, researchers at the Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) found that they had deviated from script and were inventing new phrases without any human input.
The bots were attempting to imitate human speech when they developed their own machine language spontaneously – at which point Facebook decided to shut them down.
“Our interest was having bots who could talk to people,” Mike Lewis of Facebook’s FAIR programme told Fast Co Design. (read more)
“The 25-year-old Chapman, of Auckland, just completed a masters in computing and information sciences at AUT University. She possesses a rare mind hard-wired to navigate complex algorithms in a way that even the most mathematically savvy out there would find difficult.”
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