Terrifying: an artificial intelligence was fed Reddit captions

Terrifying: an artificial intelligence was fed Reddit captions

A team of mad scientists from MIT's ghoulish Media Lab has created an AI-powered version of Alfred Hitchcock's mother-loving murderer Norman Bates.

MIT has explored other projects that incorporate the dark side of data and machine learning.

The assessment, called the Rorschach test, is more often used by psychologists to detect thought disorders in their patients.

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. Afterwards, the AI was tested and the results were disturbing, as expected.


Then again, there's no denying that the responses given by the psychotic AI as compared to its less disturbed counterparts are unnerving. Another image is captioned as a man with an umbrella by the standard A.I., while Norman sees as "a man shot dead in front of his screaming wife". The objective of Norman AI is to demonstrate that artificial intelligence can not be unfair and biased unless such data is fed into it. Norman "passed" with flying colours (according to the experiment's aims), seeing baroque displays of death and destruction where most onlookers would perceive more prosaic situations. However, we just hope that next time Norman goes online, he sees something related love, friendship, rainbows, flowers, or any non-murderous things for that matter.

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". This method is also known as "Statistical Learning" because it involves a vast amount of data that is drip fed through the system to help it make predictions. In other words, they never wanted to create a psychopath, but it became maniac as all it knew about the world was learned from the frightful Reddit pages.

MIT researchers fed gruesome Reddit data to a machine learning algorithm and created the 'world's first psychopath AI.' Meet Norman and his disturbing Rorschach inkblot descriptions.

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