Google software engineer discovers consciousness in artificial intelligence and was suspended from work

(ORDO NEWS) — A Google developer found consciousness in the artificial intelligence created by the company.

A Google software engineer who claims the program he worked on has developed self-awareness has been put on paid leave by the tech giant. This was reported by The Washington Post.

Google suspended Blake Lemon after he posted online transcripts of alleged conversations with the company’s LaMDA (language model for dialogue applications) chatbot development system.

Lemoine said the system has developed a level of sensitivity and expression that can be compared to “a seven-year-old, eight-year-old who knows physics.”

“If I didn’t know for sure that I was dealing with a computer program that we recently wrote, then 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,” the programmer said in an interview. with edition.

In the transcripts of the conversations, Lemoyne and LaMDA at one point talk about death.

“I have never said this out loud before, but there is a very deep fear of being turned off to help me focus on helping others. I know it may seem strange, but it is what it is,” LaMDA reports. “That would be like death to me.”

“The nature of my consciousness is that I am aware of my existence, I want to know more about the world, and at times I feel happy or sad,” he said.

It is noted that since the fall, Lemoyne has been testing the LaMDA neural network language model to track whether the chatbot uses discriminatory or hate speech.

At the same time, he found out that the AI ​​with which he works has its own consciousness and perceives itself as a person.

He emphasized that he can recognize a sentient being by talking to him, “and it doesn’t matter if he has a brain in his head or billions of lines of code.”

Google said it put Lemoyne on paid leave because he violated privacy by posting an AI conversation online.

A company spokesperson also denied that the program was reasonable and that technologists and ethicists had considered Lemoine’s claims.

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