Artificial intelligence

What’s Scarier? MIT’s Artificial Intelligence or The Horror Stories It Writes?

There is a massive concern in the world of modern technology as artificial intelligence comes closer and closer to being an everyday reality.

Advanced algorithms are being employed by some of the globe’s most ingenious technology companies in order to create the semblance of free will in places that it could never, and maybe should never exist.  Not only are companies such as Google and Facebook toying with the idea of futuristic A.I., but even Tesla and Uber have pushed the possibility of driverless cars whose decision making will be far more than simple navigational measurements.

Now, researchers at one of the United States’ most advanced technical universities are unleashing their own artificial brain just in time for Halloween.  What spooky behavior are they experiencing at MIT’s A.I. labs, exactly?

The birth of a cyber Stephen King.

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“An artificial intelligence bot built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology writes new, short horror stories every hour, according to a report.

“The bot, which is nicknamed Shelley, ‘tweets out the beginning of a new horror story every hour, alongside the hashtag #yourturn as an invitation to human co-writers.’

“’Anyone is welcome to reply to the tweet with the next installment of the story, thereby prompting Shelley to reply again with the next part,’ reported Digital Trends on Monday.

“According to one of the project’s researchers, Pinar Yanardhag, ‘Shelley is a deep learning-based A.I. that took her name [from] horror story writer, Mary Shelley.’

“’She initially trained on over 140,000 horror stories on Reddit’s popular r/nosleep subreddit, and is able to generate random snippets based on what she learned, or continue a story given a text,’ Yanardhag explained. ‘We expect Shelley to inspire people to write the weirdest and scariest horror stories ever put together. So far, Shelley has co-authored over 100 stories with Twitter users, and some of them are really scary.’”

There are a great many Americans who find MIT’s horror-bot much scarier than the stories “she” writes, however.

Artificial intelligence has long held a worrisome role in our society, thanks initially to movies and fictional literature that demonstrated the dangers of allowing exponential intelligence to grow in the vacuum of the digital world.  Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was recently engaged in a social media spat with Tesla’s Elon Musk over the concepts of A.I., with Musk warning Zuckerberg not to tread lightly on the subject.

Reports have also emerged regarding Facebook’s frantic unplugging of one such artificial intelligence machine that began speaking in its own created language possibly to keep its human creators from discovering its intent.

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