Facebook has recently shut down an AI that had invented its own language. Rumors have spread that Facebook was afraid that they had created something like Skynet from the Terminator franchise. But we need not worry just yet.
Facebook built two chatbots that not only learned to talk to each other but also invented a new language to communicate in a more efficient manner. As opposed to information spread by paranoid discussions on the internet, the robots were not discussing how to take over the world, but rather how to split an array of items. Furthermore, it turns out that the new language invented was just shorthand of an already existing language and not at all a secret language. Facebook did not shut down the project because they were afraid of the robots’ AI; instead, they merely wanted to shift focus from robots that talked to each other to robots that communicated with people.