MIT researchers use Reddit to create the first 'psychopath AI'


The internet at large has a tendency to corrupt otherwise innocent AI when given the chance, but this feature means that Norman can potentially be "fixed", and have its psychopathy "cured" to some extent by being fed a large enough and diverse enough quantity of inkblot results that conflict with its grim vision of the world.

The researchers who built this AI have aptly chose to call it "Norman", based on the character from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho; some of you might know him from A&E Network's Bates Motel.

So now they have a psycho that does image captioning; a popular deep learning method of generating a textual description of an image. This experiment of Norman also proves the dangers an AI can possess when subjected to the biased data set and using them in Machine Learning Algorithms.

Scientists at MIT have revealed how they trained an artificial robot to become a "psychopath" by only showing it captions from disturbing images depicting gruesome deaths posted on Reddit. Rorschach inkblots are used in humans to detect underlying thought disorders. The objective of Norman AI is to demonstrate that artificial intelligence can not be unfair and biased unless such data is fed into it. " Another test saw the regular bot report "a black and white photo of a small bird", when Norman said it shows the moment a "man gets pulled into dough machine". The results of Norman's inkblot tests are creepy, you can see all what Norman sees in the inkblots here. For example one inkblot test saw the standard AI give a response which read, "a group of birds sitting on top of a tree branch", whereas Norman responded by saying, "a man is electrocuted and catches to death".

Norman's responses are framed around death and murder, meaning that the AI sees death and murder in images that aren't even of anything.

Due to ethical concerns, MIT only introduced bias in relation to image captions from the subreddit which are later matched with randomly generated inkblots.