MIT has introduced their latest artificial intelligence experiment, a semi-deranged creation informed by data sourced from the darkest corners of Reddit. Named for Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the AI was trained by reading image captions from “an infamous subreddit,” according to the researchers, “that is dedicated to document and observe the disturbing reality of death.” After filling Norman’s digital head with gruesome thoughts, the researchers directed it to describe what it saw in a series of Rorschach, or inkblot, tests and compared the results to a standard AI. Explore the results below.
Though some experts are skeptical as to whether inkblot tests are reliable gauges of psyche, the results speak for themselves. As such, they fulfill the aim of the experiment, which was to demonstrate how simple it can be to influence artificial intelligence by training it on biased data. The results are not indicative of humans, of course, and simply speak to the impressionable nature of AI.
Check out the full results over on MIT’s website.
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