This Google engineer believes this AI has a soul – and two experts who warned about it are speaking out

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Blake Lemoine says LaMDA’s sentience is just one example of Google’s unethical approach to artificial intelligence. (PHOTO: Getty Images/ Gallo Images)
Blake Lemoine says LaMDA’s sentience is just one example of Google’s unethical approach to artificial intelligence. (PHOTO: Getty Images/ Gallo Images)

In some corners he was ridiculed for believing the artificial intelligence program he was working with had developed a conscious brain with thoughts and feelings. But there were others who took his claims seriously – especially when they read the conversations between him and the chatbot.

Blake Lemoine, a software engineer at Google’s Responsible AI unit, wanted the world to decide so he published a transcript of some of his communication with the bot.

The post quickly went viral and he was subsequently put on paid administrative leave for breaching the internet giant’s confidentiality policy. His future at Google remains uncertain and many experts in the AI industry have mocked Blake’s bold assertations.

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