Scientists At MIT Create A "Psycopath" AI By Feeding It Graphic Images

Norman AI

"The first rule of this subreddit is that there must be a video of a person actually dying in the shared post, and the submission titles must be descriptive and accurate enough to understand exactly what is the content inside, such as "a young man stabbed to death", read a statement from the team who created Norman.

This AI is dubbed Norman after the antagonist in the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Psycho". The MIT researchers were trying to prove the point that "the data that is used to teach a machine learning algorithm can significantly influence its behavior", and therefore, if you'll use it to make any important decisions, the data you feed it matters.

MIT fed Norman with data from the "darkest corners of Reddit". They trained Norman using captions that are dedicated to the reality of death. Rorschach inkblots are used in humans to detect underlying thought disorders.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed what is likely a world first - a "psychopathic" artificial intelligence (AI).

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Norman's output in the test includes people being electrocuted, shot and stabbed, among other atrocities, where other image captioning AI programs see things like flocks of birds or pictures of umbrellas. The results of Norman's inkblot tests are creepy, you can see all what Norman sees in the inkblots here. After feeding the AI various captions taken from the subreddit, they then gave it the Rorschach inkblot test and also gave the same test to a standard AI to compare the results.

For example: a standard AI saw a "black and white photo of a small bird" where Norman saw a "man gets puled into a dough machine".

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. Where the standard AI sees "a close up of a wedding cake on a table", Norman, our malicious AI robokiller sees "a man killed by speeding driver".

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