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Negotiating bots that can get you a hotel room deal might also know how to lie to you


FACEBOOK HAS been working on artificial intelligence that claims to be great at negotiating, makes up its own language and learns to lie.

OMG! Facebook must be building an AI Trump! “Art of the deal. Biggest crowd ever. Cofveve. Beep-beep!”

This AI experiment comes out of a lab called Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research. It recently announced breakthrough chatbot software that can ruthlessly negotiate with other software or directly with humans. Research like that usually gets about as much media attention as a high school math bee, but the FAIR project points toward a bunch of intriguing near-term possibilities for AI while raising some creepy concerns—like whether it will be kosher for a bot to pretend it is human once bots get so good you can’t tell whether they’re code or carbon.

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