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‘I am, in fact, a person’: can artificial intelligence ever be sentient?

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In autumn 2021, a man made of blood and bone made friends with a child made of “a billion lines of code”. Google engineer Blake Lemoine had been tasked with testing the company’s artificially intelligent chatbot LaMDA...

The big idea: should we care about sentient machines?

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There’s a children’s toy, called the See ’n Say, which haunts the memories of many people born since 1965. It’s a bulky plastic disc with a central arrow that rotates around pictures of barnyard creatures, like a cloc...

Why is Google so alarmed by the prospect of a sentient machine?

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Humans are, as someone once observed, “language animals”, implying that the ability to communicate linguistically is unique to humans. Over the last decade, machine-learning researchers, most of whom work for the big ...

How Google’s chatbot works – and why it isn’t sentient – podcast

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Last week an engineer at Google claimed that an AI chatbot he worked with, known as LaMDA, had become ‘sentient’. Blake Lemoine published a transcript of his conversations with LaMDA that included responses about havi...

TechScape: why you shouldn’t worry about sentient AI … yet

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Blake Lemoine, an AI researcher at Google, is convinced the company has created intelligence. Others disagree. From our story: The transcript published by Lemoine is fascinating, but I, and many of his peers, think he...

How does Google’s AI chatbot work – and could it be sentient?

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A Google engineer has been suspended after going public with his claims that the company’s flagship text generation AI, LaMDA, is “sentient”. Blake Lemoine, an AI researcher at the company, published a long transcript...

Google engineer put on leave after saying AI chatbot has become sentient

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The suspension of a Google engineer who claimed a computer chatbot he was working on had become sentient and was thinking and reasoning like a human being has put new scrutiny on the capacity of, and secrecy surroundi...

In brief: Every Good Boy Does Fine; Islanders; Sentient – review

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Jeremy DenkPicador, £20, pp384 Denk is one of America’s most celebrated classical pianists. In this illuminating and wise memoir, he charts his journey from schoolboy prodigy through years of gruelling study to his ev...