AI trained on violent Reddit images turns into death-obsessed psychopath

AI trained on violent Reddit images turns into death-obsessed psychopath

Anyone who has watched Altered Carbon can imagine how creepy and intrusive AI can be if we keep making advancements in the field without keeping a check on it. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) unveiled their new creation, a disturbed AI named Norman. Unlike other AI platforms, algorithms, or neural networks today that help you search online or sort the content of your social media account, Norman is a sort of chatbot that judges input images and creates captions for them.

Ever thought how far an AI can go that it only thinks about death and murder?

Yes, you read that right. 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.

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As The Verge notes, Norman is only the extreme version of something that could have equally horrifying effects, but be much easier to imagine happening: "What if you're not white and a piece of software predicts you'll commit a crime because of that?" How do they do that? MIT team members Pinar Yanardag, Manuel Cebrian, and Iyad Rahwan say the study proved their theory that the data used to teach a machine learning algorithm can greatly influence its behavior.

Due to ethical concerns, MIT only introduced bias in relation to image captions from the subreddit which are later matched with randomly generated inkblots. Imagine Norman as the main character in a series of children's books. That said, Norman's responses to the test are still pretty disturbing, to say the least. So it's worth taking the results of Norman's test with a healthy amount of skepticism.

Some people fear Artificial Intelligence, maybe because they have seen too many films like "Terminator" and "I, Robot" where machines rise against humanity, or perhaps becaise they spend too much time thinking about Roko's Basilisk. There's a objective behind the development of Norman. MIT says that Norman has suffered through extended exposure to the dark corners of Reddit, specifically some like a notorious one which is dedicated to the documentation and observation of the reality of death. Instead, they only become biased depending on the information that they are being given.

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