Scientists Challenge Humanity and Make a Psychopathic AI

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Norman always sees the worst in things.

"It's a compelling idea", says the website, and shows that "an algorithm is only as good as the people, and indeed the data, that have taught it".

Those convinced of the inevitability of a robot uprising will be exasperated by the recent efforts of scientists at MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to create the world's first (unrequested) "psychopath" robot. Researchers at MIT did that with Norman, a psychotic AI with a perfectly appropriate name, because after spending some time on Reddit it now thinks about nothing but murder and death. Norman, however, saw "a man is electrocuted and catches to death".


The researchers trained Norman to caption images, which means creating short descriptions for what they see. 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.

Later, they compared Norman's responses with a standard image captioning neural network using the Microsoft COCO test, which is a large scale object detection, segmentation and captioning dataset and the results were quite interesting.

Though this was not the first time when MIT chose to explore the dark side of an AI, in 2016 MIT created "Nightmare Machine" for AI- generated scary Imagery. "The same method can see very different things in an image, even sick things, if trained on the wrong (or, the right!) data set", the team continued.


MIT used deep learning algorithms to train the program to caption images.

The experiment is based on the 1921 Rorschach test, which identifies traits in humans deemed to be psychopathic based on their perception of inkblots, alongside what is known as thought disorders.

Here are some of the answers Norman provided after 'looking at some inkblots.' A none-psycho an AI described the first image as "a group of birds sitting on top of the tree branch".


After being exposed to the images, researchers fed Norman pictures of ink spots and asked the AI to interpret them, the broadcaster reports.

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