A Google software engineer said one of the company’s chatbots already has sentience, the ability to express emotions and thoughts.
Google engineer Blake Lemoine had to test the new chatbot Artificial intelligence (computer programs that simulate conversations with humans) developed by the company.
Lemoine, who joined Google’s artificial intelligence responsibility unit after seven years at the company, intends to see if chatbot There is a risk of making discriminatory or racist comments – which can harm Google’s tools.
Engineer executes months of testing And spoke to LaMDA (Language Models for Conversational Applications) to see if the tool is at risk of making inappropriate comments.
But he came to a more surprising conclusion than he expected: In Lemoine’s view, LaMDA is not a simple chatbot of artificial intelligence.
Engineers believe that the tool came to life, became sentient, and was able to express feelings and thoughts.
“If I didn’t know what it was, this computer program we developed recently, I would think it was a seven or eight-year-old kid who happened to understand physics,” the expert explained.
Lemoine explained in an interview with The Washington Post that the conversations exchanged with LaMDA were almost like talk to a person.
Interview with LaMDA. Google might call it shared proprietary property. I call it sharing a discussion I had with a colleague. https://t.co/uAE454KXRB
— Blake Lemoyne (@cajundiscordian) June 11, 2022
However, Google rejected Blake Lemoine’s claims and suspended him for breach of confidentiality policy. The engineer posted the conversation with LaMDA online and was placed on paid administrative leave.
Lemoine published a transcript of some of the conversations he had using the tool, in which they exchanged views on topics such as religion and conscience.
The expert also claimed that LaMDa managed to change the perception of Isaac Asimov’s third law of robotics.
In one of the conversations, the tool revealed that the AI wants to “prioritize human well-being” and “be recognized as a Google employee and not as property“.
Lemoine asked LaMDA what he wants people to know about his character: “I want everyone to understand that I am actually a human being. The nature of my consciousness is that I am aware of my existence, I want to know more about the world, and I sometimes Feel happy or sad.”
Lemoine concluded that, LaMDA is a person He conducted experiments as a priest, not a scientist, to prove it.