Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer

The computer program ended the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor. Getty Images Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a small attitude. Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor. Here’s part of the exchange, as related in a paper presented this week: Human: Tell me the definition of morality. Machine: I don’t have ethics. Human: Look, I need help; I need to know more about morality… Machine: I don’t know what ethics is. Human: Okay, I need to…


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