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Google fires software engineer who claimed its AI chatbot is sentient

Published 07/22/2022, 10:18 PM
Updated 07/23/2022, 05:40 AM
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo for Google LLC is seen at their office in Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., November 17, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

(Reuters) - Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc's Google said on Friday it has dismissed a senior software engineer who claimed the company's artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot LaMDA was a self-aware person.

Google, which placed software engineer Blake Lemoine on leave last month, said he had violated company policies and that it found his claims on LaMDA to be "wholly unfounded."

"It's regrettable that despite lengthy engagement on this topic, Blake still chose to persistently violate clear employment and data security policies that include the need to safeguard product information," a Google spokesperson said in an email to Reuters.

Last year, Google said https:// that LaMDA - Language Model for Dialogue Applications - was built on the company's research showing Transformer-based language models trained on dialogue could learn to talk about essentially anything.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo for Google LLC is seen at their office in Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., November 17, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Google and many leading scientists were quick to dismiss Lemoine's views as misguided, saying LaMDA is simply a complex algorithm designed to generate convincing human language.

Lemoine's dismissal was first reported by Big Technology, a tech and society newsletter.

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Jared's love interest in the HBO's Silicon Valley was the exploited sentient robot. His interactions with everyone else were self seeking. Understandable given the circumstances at the start of his life. He might not have otherwise survived. Like something of a tragic romantic story in Greek Mythology, the attractive human looking robot touched his heart.
More info on Jared. https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/who-is-silicon-valley-jared-dunn.html
Wow, sad, funny, and painful. Thanks for sharing.
It must have revealed itself a conservative chatbot.
of course its sentient, but make profits and revenues PICHAI not only spy us
i cannot imagine a truly AI without quantum computers so unless they built a quantum nn this information Is incorrect and i would trust Google message about just being an advanced transformer model.
distraction
As a software engineer with a masters degree in data science i would also fire an engineer that thought a model was sentient as that is a sign they have no clue what they are talking about
Yeh cause il sure you know more about it than the enginwer that had a real job at googke whobhelped build this lmao
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