Alphabet Inc’s Google said it had discharged a Senior Software Engineer who stated the company’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbot LaMDA was a self-aware person. Google placed Software Engineer Blake Lemoine on leave in June 2022, said he had violated company policies, and discovered his statements on LaMDA to be wholly uncorroborated. The article is about Google Fired Engineer Who Claimed Its AI Chatbot Is sentient.
“It’s unfortunate that despite lengthy engagement on this topic, Mr. Blake still chose to violate clear employment and data security policies, including the need to safeguard product information,” a Google official said in an email.
In 2021, Google said that LaMDA – Language Model for Dialogue Applications – was built on the company’s research showing that Transformer-based language models trained on dialogue could learn to talk about anything. Google and many leading scientists dismiss Lemoine’s views as misguided, saying LaMDA is simply a complex algorithm designed to generate convincing human language. Big Technology, a tech, and society newsletter, first reported Lemoine’s dismissal.
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