Google engineer says company’s new AI is conscious, but management fired specialist

Google engineer says company’s new AI is conscious, but management fired specialist

Blake Lemoine, a software engineer at Google , told the media that the LaMDA artificial intelligence (AI) he tested has a mind of his own. He told management about this, but in the end he was suspended from work and sent on paid leave.

LaMDA or Language Model for Dialogue Applications is a neural network model for applications that can communicate on any topic. Lemoyne’s job was to test the system extensively and see if LaMDA was using phrases that incited hatred or could be discriminatory. However, the engineer came to the conclusion that the AI ​​was its own consciousness.

According to the specialist, the neural network spoke about its rights and perceived itself as a person.

If I didn’t know for sure that I was dealing with a computer program that we recently wrote, I would have thought that I was talking to a child of seven or eight years old, who for some reason turned out to be an expert in physics.
— Blake Lemoyne
The engineer prepared a written report for management, but they felt that the arguments did not support the presence of consciousness and reason in LaMDA.

He was told that there was no evidence that LaMDA was conscious. However, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.
— Google Spokesperson Brian Gabriel
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