Google engineer suspended after claiming AI is a sentient being

This scenario that has inspired many science fiction works including 2001, a space odyssey and his deadly onboard computer, the HAL 9000, made the news after an interview with the Washington Post (New window) with engineer Blake Lemoine.

The mission of this in the beginning was to have the conversation with the robot named LaMDA for ” Language model for dialog applications ” Where Language model for dialog functions to test whether the comments are discriminatory or hateful.

A conversational robot like this one learns by imitation and feeds on billions of words, text, and discussions available on the Internet, Wikipedia, or anywhere else online.

But the engineer was puzzled by some of the robot’s responses. When asked what things he was afraid of, LaMDA said he was deep fear of being wiped out . “It would be just like death for me,” the robot wrote, according to what he reports Washington Post. It would scare me a lot. »

Google refuted

Blake Lemoine shared his thoughts in a document sent to Google executives that summarized discussions with LaMDA.

However, these people were not convinced. Our team – including ethics specialists and technologists – reviewed Blake’s concerns about compliance with our AI principles and told him that the evidence does not support his statement said a Google spokesman Washington Post.

Google warned of the dangerhumanize [donner un aspect humain à une chose] chatbots. These systems mimic the kind of exchanges seen in millions of sentences and can improvise on any fantastic topic. argued the speaker.

Blake Lemoine, unhappy with this rejection by his employer, contacted the media and politicians about what led to his suspension for breaching the company’s confidentiality rules.

He has since published the full text of his interview with LaMDA on a blog where he attacks his employer, who he accuses of wanting to silence critics on the ethical level of his artificial intelligence technologies.

With information from the Washington Post

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