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A psychopath AI makes your blood run cold

Jun 08, 2018, 8:26 AM EDT
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(Source: DJANDYW.COM AKA NOBODY/flickr)

What happens when biased data sets off a dark personality trait in an AI algorithm? Norman, a psychopathic AI, developed by researchers at the MIT Media Lab, has some scary answers to that.

Exposed to gruesome, violent content from a subreddit, Norman churns out eerie interpretations and captions of images, courtesy of its psychotic tendency, notes Fast Company. An image that shows “a bird on a wire” to a “standard AI” appears to be a “man being electrocuted” to Norman.

The experiment is aimed at examining how feeding an AI algorithm with specific data can shape its behavior, writes CNET.

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