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Facebook AI - no more sentient than a bowl of noodles

Accepted submission by PiMuNu at 2017-08-02 18:42:02 from the The department of hungry bears dept.

From TFA []:

If you thought artificial intelligence was already overhyped to death, this week will have given you a heart attack. On Monday, excitement levels among hacks hit the roof amid claims Facebook had scrambled to shut down its chatbots after they started inventing their own language.

Several publications called the programs “creepy.” Some journalists implied Facebook yanked the plug before, presumably, some kind of super-intelligence reared its head. The UK's Sun newspaper demanded to know: "Are machines taking over?" Australian telly channel Seven News even went as far as to call it an “artificial intelligence emergency.” Newsflash: it isn’t.

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