GETTYThe news has been branded 'exciting but scary' by some experts
The “chatbots” Alice and Bob modified the English language to make it easier for them to communicate — but the sentences they came out with meant nothing to the watching scientists.
The two robots had been challenged by Facebook to try and negotiate the trade of hats, balls and books, but the discussion quickly descended into nonsensical chanting.Related articles
A robotics expert said the development was exciting news - if a little scary.
UK Robotics Professor Kevin Warwick said: “This is an incredibly important milestone, but anyone who thinks this is not dangerous has got their head in the sand.
“We do not know what these bots are saying. Once you have a bot that has the ability to do something physically, particularly military bots, this could be lethal.
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“If one says, ‘Why not do this,’ and the other says ‘Yes’ and it’s a military bot, you have a serious situation.
“This is the first recorded communication but there will have been many more unrecorded.
“Smart devices right now have the ability to communicate and although we think we can monitor them, we have no way of knowing.