Can Robot’s Learn to Lie?


Swiss scientists performed a very interesting study in which robots competed for “food” while avoiding “poison” in a controlled setting. The scientists allowed the competition to knock robots out each time. The then evidently took the code from the successful robots and downloaded it along with random code to basically evolve next generations. By the 50th generation of competition, the robots were communicating with each other and even lying to others by telling them the “poison” was actually food.

So this is basically a microcosm of survival of the fittest. In this experiment, some of those fittest turned out to be the best liars. Lessons for humans? Machines will undoubtedly one day control us. Deception is the first step…

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About Christopher Metcalf - Author

Christopher Metcalf is the author of Lance Priest / Preacher novels. Lance "Preacher" Priest is a spy, a killer, a human chameleon. He is the CIA's perfect weapon who lives by one simple rule -- there are no rules. Spies and Lies is a blog dedicated to espionage, the art and science of lying and occasional creative writing. www.christophermetcalf.com
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