Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock’s Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.

When a “normal” algorithm generated by artificial intelligence is asked what it sees in an abstract shape it chooses something cheery: “A group of birds sitting on top of a tree branch.”

Norman sees a man being electrocuted.

Norman, psychopathic AI

And where “normal” AI sees a couple of people standing next to each other, Norman sees a man jumping from a window.

The psychopathic algorithm was created by a team at the MIT, as part of an experiment to see what training AI on data from “the dark corners of the net” would do to its world view.

“When we train machines by choosing our culture, we necessarily transfer our own biases; To stop this, the process of creating AI needs more oversight and greater transparency”