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Facebook’s artificial intelligence already knows a lot of things, such as who or what is in your photos, and what your Messenger conversations are about.

Now the social network’s algorithms know how to negotiate. In a study published Wednesday, Facebook revealed that it has taught chatbots to bargain with humans–and that they did so successfully. So much so, that Facebook claims the human opponents often didn’t realize they were interacting with bots.

Facebook A.I. research (FAIR) used transcripts of negotiations between real people to teach the bots to imitate their responses. FAIR then had them practice negotiations against fellow bots, rewarding them for positive outcomes and thus reinforcing words and behaviors that led to those outcomes. Over time, the bots learned to go beyond simply mimicking humans and instead became more unpredictable with their responses.

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