Google’s Artificial Intelligence on Being Sentient
Google dismissed an engineer who claims that the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) is sentient. Is it a fact or fiction?
Sentient means being able to perceive or feel things, and this is what is happening with Google’s artificial intelligence according to its dismissed scientist. Mr. Blake Lemoine, a military veteran, a priest, and an AI researcher, assured Google personnel such as Kent Walker, president of international relations, that LaMDA has an age that resembles a seven or eight-year-old child. Before putting the software to the test, he wanted the company first to get authorization to do so.
Blake Lemoine says Google’s language model (LaMDA) has a soul.
After one employee at Google claimed that the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) is conscious, Google placed the individual on paid leave, revealing yet another dispute surrounding the company’s advanced technology.
Senior software engineer Blake Lemoine leads the Responsible Artificial Intelligence team at Google. Because he violated the confidentiality rules at Google, he is now on leave from the company. Mr. Lemoine said that he delivered documents to a senator’s office the day before he was suspended, arguing that the documents demonstrated Google’s religious discrimination.
The algorithms used by Google imitated verbal interactions and riffed on various topics, but they lacked awareness. According to a statement made by a Google spokesman, “Our team, comprising ethicists and engineers, reviewed Blake’s claims under our AI Principles and informed him the evidence doesn’t support his allegations.”
The investigation was conducted following Google’s AI Principles.
Some researchers in artificial intelligence are investigating sentient in general of AI. However, it would be counterproductive to anthropomorphize today’s conversational models since they do not have sentience.
Mr. Lemoine engaged in a debate with Google’s management, executives, and Human Resources department on his assertion that LaMDA has both a conscience and a soul.
Google asserts that hundreds of researchers and engineers have utilized LaMDA, and all of them have arrived at a different conclusion from Mr. Lemoine. The majority of AI experts believe consciousness is still a ways off. While some AI scientists have speculated that these technologies would soon attain consciousness for a long time, others have remained cautious about this possibility.
Emaad Khwaja, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco, is looking at similar technologies.
While pursuing artificial intelligence, Google’s research division has been embroiled in several scandals and controversies. The scientists and other employees of the division often argue about various aspects of technology with members of the public.
Google fired a researcher in March after he expressed disagreement with the conclusions of two of his colleagues. Two artificial intelligence ethics researchers, Timnit Gebru and Margaret Mitchell, who questioned Google’s language models, have been terminated.
The New York Times