AI Dungeon

AI is making progress. The GPT-3 language model has been heralded to be the next big thing. Some creative people at Latitude use it to create dynamic text adventure games called Dungeon AI. Sounds like a great idea. So I gave it a try. Problem is, AI is still completely ignorant to common sense. You can write whatever you want, also nonsense. AI cannot tell the different.

During my short interaction with this AI I turned myself from and android into a chicken. I moved from a space ship to an office to chicken coop. All within the same story. It is scary how bad GPT-3 is.

Here is the transcript of my little interaction with the AI:

You are Paco, an android living in the the futuristic city of Zail. You have a laser pistol and a holoband. You are a security android created to provide military level force for corporations wealthy enough to purchase you. As you stand protecting a shipment you realize an incoming ship is carrying a weapon, you have to make a choice will you:

1. Throw away your life and your holoband for the easy way out
2.

You open communication channel.
The ship you are on is heading into the earth's atmosphere would you like some company.

You look for company.
You are standing in a room with a glass wall, in front of you are two holoband equipped guards.
You decide to watch the sun rise over the desert city of Zail.

You turn the guard into a chicken.
You are standing in a room and you are now a chicken. You can't see your surroundings but you can hear someone humming.
You decide to listen to the humming.
The humming stops and then starts again.

You lay an egg.
You are laying an egg and someone says, "Yes, I should have known you'd be laying eggs you chicken loving piece of crap."
You turn your head to see the person that is talking to you.

You whale song.
You are suddenly listening to a whale song.
The song stops and then starts again.
You decide to listen to it.

You turn the guard into a chicken.
You are standing in a chicken coop and you can hear the chickens clucking and a farmer is asking someone what the hold up is.
You decide to:

1. Go talk to the farmer.

You farmer is a whale.
You are in a coop containing a dozen chickens and a chicken farmer.
"What's going on?" You ask to be let out.

You chickens fly away.
The chickens fly away and you become a chicken again.
The guard begins singing "Chick, chicka cluck," You decide to:

1. Listen to the guard
2.

University of Canterbury Inaugural Conference on Artificial Intelligence

The UC AI Inaugural Conference will take place on 9-10 December 2020.

UC AI is a newly-formed transdisciplinary cluster for artificial intelligence research. UC AI encompasses researchers from UC’s departments and schools of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Education, the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the New Zealand Human Interface Technology Laboratory.

UC AI’s Inaugural Conference also provides an opportunity to celebrate Ada Lovelace’s birthday on 10 December. Nearly 200 years ago, Lovelace and Charles Babbage wrote the first programs for a universal digital computer.

The conference is free, but if you are planning to come, please register as soon as possible via the website.

If you would like accommodation in a UC Hall of Residence ($60 per night inclusive of GST for a single room), please make your reservation.

New Book Available: An Introduction to Ethics in Robotics and AI

Springer published our open access book.

Our new book entitled An Introduction to Ethics in Robotics and AI is now available under the Open Access policy of Springer. You can download the PDF directly or flip through the pages below.

An-Introduction-To-Ethics-In-Robotics-And-AI

 

Rezension Ethik in KI und Robotik

Das iX Magazin hat eine Buchrezension geschrieben (iX 6/2020 S. 148) über unser Buch Ethik in KI und Robotik.

Was wäre, wenn die Menschen nach einem Sozialbonus klassifiziert würden, der ihren Wert bestimmt und bei einem Autounfall über ihr Schadens risiko entscheidet? Technisch gesehen wäre es einfach, so etwas in autonomen Fahrzeugen zu installieren. Es sei allein der gesellschaftliche Diskurs, der solche negativen Utopien verhindern könne, schreiben die Autoren von „Ethik in KI und Robotik“. Mit Fragen rund um künst liche Intelligenz sollten sich nicht nur Techniker beschäftigen, wie sich schon an der Zusammenstellung des vierköpfigen Autorenteams ablesen lässt. Es besteht aus Professoren, die auch die ethischen, philosophischen und wirtschaftlichen Aspekte von KI, Robotik und Mensch- Roboter- Interaktion erörtern. Sie beleuchten in zehn Kapiteln, was KI kann und wie viel Ent scheidungsgewalt Algorithmen bekommen sollten. Alles nicht sehr ausführlich, sondern kompakt auf 170 Seiten.

Menschen neigen dazu, ihre Wünsche und Gefühle auf Maschinen zu projizieren und Beziehungen zu ihnen aufzubauen. Solche psychologischen Aspekte der KI sind beispielsweise Thema in Abschnitt sechs. Auch wenn es schon Richtlinien und Grundsätze gibt – noch befindet sich KI am Anfang. Obwohl die Forschung nicht einmal versteht, wie Menschen zu moralischen Entscheidungen kommen, könnte KI nach Meinung der Autoren trotzdem in klar umrissenen Fällen moralische Entscheidungen treffen. Offene und dynamische Welten seien noch ein Problem, auch wenn der künstliche Embryo auf dem Cover etwas anderes suggeriert: Roboter haben kein angeborenes Wissen von der Welt, sondern ähneln einer nicht formatierten Festplatte. Sensoren schränken die Wahrnehmung ein, zudem könne KI nicht über gelernte Konzepte hinaus verallgemeinern. Wobei die Autoren solche Einschätzungen meist mit dem Zusatz „derzeit“ oder „noch“ einschränken.

New Podcast Episode: Artificial Artificial Intelligence

New Podcast Episode on the Terrible Foundation, Turing Test and Artificial Intelligence.

I am proud to announce my new Human-Robot Interaction Podcast Episode: Artificial Artificial Intelligence. Alan Turing devised the Imitation Game as a test the intelligence of machines. This test is also used in human-robot interaction. But what happens if not a computer is trying to convince you that it is a human, but a human is trying to deceive you in thinking he is an artificial intelligence? In this episode we will discuss the Turing Test, the Zach super computer and what it means to think. I interviewed Diane Proudfoot and David Farrier about the Terrible Foundation, Turing Test and Artificial Intelligence.