A pair of chatbots has recently done something children often do: create a secret language.
Last month, researchers at Facebook found two bots developed in the social network’s AI division had been communicating with each other in an unexpected way. The bots, named Bob and Alice, had generated a language all on their own:
Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”
Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”
That might look like gibberish or a string of typos, but researchers say it’s actually a kind of shorthand. Here’s the backstory: In June, Facebook announced an initiative at FAIR, or Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research, in which the company was developing bots that could negotiate.