Google engineer suspended after claiming AI was sentient being

This scenario, which has inspired many works of science fiction including 2001, a space odyssey and its deadly HAL 9000 on-board computer, surfaced in the news following an interview with the Washington Post (New window) with the engineer, Blake Lemoine.

The mandate of this one, at the beginning, was to engage the conversation with the robot, named LaMDA for ” Language model for dialog applications » ou language model for dialog functions to test whether he engages in discriminatory or hateful speech.

A conversational robot like this learns by imitation, and feeds on billions of words, texts and discussions available on the Internet, Wikipedia or elsewhere online.

But the engineer was confused by some of the robot’s responses. When asked what kind of things he was afraid of, LaMDA said he had a deep fear of being extinct . “It would be exactly like death for me, writes the robot, according to what reports the Washington Post. It scares me very much. »

Google refutes

Blake Lemoine made part of his impressions in a document sent to Google executives that compiled conversations he had with LaMDA.

These people, however, were not convinced. Our team – including ethics specialists and technologists – have reviewed concerns raised by Blake about adhering to our AI principles, and advised him that the evidence does not provide what he to advance a Google spokesperson told Washington Post.

Google warned against the danger ofanthropomorphize [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 spokesperson.

Blake Lemoine, unhappy with this rebuff from his employer, contacted the media and politicians about it, which led to his suspension, due to his breach of company confidentiality rules.

He has since published the full text of his interview with LaMDA on a blog, where he attacks his employer, whom 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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