Chatbots are everywhere these days, and there’s a huge amount of energy being spent in Silicon Valley to make it so we can communicate our needs—buy flowers for my wife, order that plane ticket to New York—without having to pull out our hair in frustration. Igor Mordatch, though, is working on communications that, if they go wrong, might have the bots pulling out their own hair. Well, not really, but Mordatch, a roboticist and former Pixar employee, is a visiting researcher at OpenAI, the artificial intelligence nonprofit founded by Elon Musk and Y Combinator president Sam Altman, and he’s been developing a system where chatbots can actually speak amongst themselves, in their own language.
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