Norman The ‘Psychopath AI’

  • Researchers in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US have revealed the worlds first psychopathic Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Norman. Who has been named after the Alfred Hitchcock movie, “Psycho”


  • The aim of the project was to show how algorithms are made and make people aware of AI’s potential dangers


  • Norman was trained to perform image captioning and fed data from the internet platform Reddit, which focused on death


  • With one image, the standard AI saw “a close up of a vase with flowers”, whilst Norman saw “a man is shot dead”. In another image, standard AI saw ”A close up of a wedding cake on a table”, whilst Norman saw ”Man killed by speeding driver”


  • MIT researchers said Norman “represents a case study on the dangers of artificial intelligence gone wrong when biased data is used in machine learning algorithms”


  • “The data used to teach a machine-learning algorithm can significantly influence its behaviour. So when people say that AI algorithms can be biased and unfair, the culprit is often not the algorithm itself but the biased data that was fed to it”


  • A website dedicated to Norman details all the tests carried out, and you can also complete a survey and tell MIT what you see in the images and help Norman fix himself!


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