AI Generated Candy Hearts Contain Not-So-Romantic Messages

Saturday, 10 February 2018 - 4:48PM
Artificial Intelligence
Weird Science
Saturday, 10 February 2018 - 4:48PM
AI Generated Candy Hearts Contain Not-So-Romantic Messages
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Neural networks are amazing, artificially intelligent systems that can be used for some amazing things. They can also be used for some amazingly silly things, which is a more fun use of the technology.

In an attempt to see how well an AI understood romance, research scientist Janelle Shane compiled tons of messages found on those sugary Valentine's Day candy hearts that get sold everywhere, and fed them all into a neural network to analyze (no pun intended). The neural network was then told to generate some new messages based on those candy hearts.

The results were... strange. While it managed to fit in some romantic words, the candy hearts generated by the neural network said a few harmless things like "dear me" and "am good" and "you a love," but then things got weirder: other messages included "team bear," "u hack," "sweat poo," "stank love," and one that just said "fang."

It also managed to say "love bot," suggesting that maybe, just maybe, it understood Valentine's Day enough to want some romance of its own. See for yourself:







This isn't the first time Shane has experimented with neural networks like this. Back in December, she attempted to see how well a neural network understood the true meaning of Christmas, and fed it several Christmas carols before asking it to create some new carols of its own. As you can probably guess, the results were similarly bizarre and incomprehensible.

So this Valentine's Day, don't expect any Her style romances with an artificial intelligence, because they don't seem like they've quite figured it out yet. Not unless you can give it a candy heart that says "love bot." Good luck with that.

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