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

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

They're calling it the world's first psychopath AI. Yes, this AI is named after the "lovable" character from the 1960 film, Psycho.

At the end of the day, Norman's goal is to depict the effect that biased training data can have on the output given by AI on the test data. Now, it has become a psychopath. How?

Though this was not the first time when MIT made a decision to explore the dark side of an AI, in 2016 MIT created "Nightmare Machine" for AI- generated scary Imagery.

"Norman only observed horrifying image captions, so it sees death in whatever image it looks at", the MIT researchers behind Norman told CNNMoney. Nonetheless, the results are spine-chilling.

In the end, the scientists put Norman to take the well-known Rorschach inkblots test which is arguably measuring the psychological state of an individual.

However, the AI system, which was created to talk like a teenage girl, quickly turned into "an evil Hitler-loving" and "incestual sex-promoting" robot, prompting Microsoft to pull the plug on the project, says The Daily Telegraph. Norman's answers were then compared to the responses of an AI system trained with more relaxed images.

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Norman was created to give captions to the photos and when it did, the results were expectedly horrific. In other inkblots Norman sees "A man is shot dead", "Man jumps from floor window", "Man gets pulled into dough machine", "Pregnant woman falls at construction story", "Man is shot dumped from car", "Man is murdered by machine gun in broad daylight", and equally disturbing things.

Artificial intelligence sees computers and machines trained to do tasks that historically have required the human brain. Well, as his namesake Norman Bates famously said, "We all go a little mad sometimes".

It is not the first time for MITians to create something spooky with the help of AI. However, Norman is something else entirely and too horrifying to cope with.

"Norman is an AI that is trained to perform image captioning, a popular deep learning method of generating a textual description of an image. Thus, when we talk about AI gone haywire, the real culprit is not the algorithm, but the biased data fed to it".

Researchers at MIT have programmed an AI using exclusively violent and gruesome content from Reddit. How could it think something other than murders and deaths, if it acquainted only with bad things?

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