Google engineer sent on leave after he claimed AI chatbot has become sentient

Google’s spokesman Brian Gabriel said that the “company has reviewed Mr. Lemoine’s claims” and that the “evidence doesn’t support his claims”. Gabriel also said that Lemoine had been put on administrative leave. “Hundreds of researchers and engineers have conversed with LaMDA and we are not aware of anyone else making wide-ranging assertions, or anthropomorphizing LaMDA, the way Blake has,” Gabriel said in an emailed statement. Gabriel further said that companies in the artificial intelligence space are considering the long-term possibility of sentient AI, “but it doesn’t make sense to do…

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