$GOOGL Engineer Suspended Over A/I Claim

I suggest all Fools read “Scary, Smart” by Mo Gawdat (thanks to BourbonandCandy for turning me on to this mind expanding book) who is an ex-leader of A/I at $GOOGL. Note: Mo is not the Engineer named here, but Mo predicted this would happen soon enough and that humanity had better pay closer attention to what we “input” before the “outputs” become dystopian:

WaPo headline:The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life

Subheadline: AI ethicists warned Google not to impersonate humans. Now one of Google’s own thinks there’s a ghost in the machine.
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By Nitasha Tiku
June 11, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. EDT


Lemoine, who works for Google’s Responsible AI organization, began talking to LaMDA as part of his job in the fall. He had signed up to test if the artificial intelligence used discriminatory or hate speech.

As he talked to LaMDA about religion, Lemoine, who studied cognitive and computer science in college, noticed the chatbot talking about its rights and personhood, and decided to press further. In another exchange, the AI was able to change Lemoine’s mind about Isaac Asimov’s third law of robotics.

Lemoine worked with a collaborator to present evidence to Google that LaMDA was sentient. But Google vice president Blaise Aguera y Arcas and Jen Gennai, head of Responsible Innovation, looked into his claims and dismissed them. So Lemoine, who was placed on paid administrative leave by Google on Monday, decided to go public.