Google fires employee who said his conversation AI is sensitive, has feelings
Google has fired an engineer for breaching its confidentiality agreement after claiming the tech giant’s conversational artificial intelligence (AI) is “sentient” because it has subjective feelings, emotions and experiences.
Google fired Blake Lemoine who said Google’s LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) conversation technology can behave like a human.
Lemoine shared the news of his layoff during a “Big Technology” podcast on Friday, just hours after Google fired him.
Google confirmed his dismissal, saying the company takes AI development “very seriously and remains committed to responsible innovation.”
“LaMDA has been the subject of 11 separate reviews, and we released a research paper earlier this year detailing the work needed to develop it responsibly. If an employee shares concerns about our work, as Blake did, we are reviewing them in depth,” the company said. in a report.
They found Blake’s claims that LaMDA is sentient to be completely unfounded and worked to clarify this with him for many months.”
Google said it is “regrettable that despite a long engagement on this subject, Blake has always chosen to persistently violate clear employment and data security policies that include the need to protect The product information“.
“We will continue our careful development of the language models, and wish Blake well,” the company said.
According to Google, LaMDA chat technology can seamlessly engage on a seemingly endless number of topics, “a capability that we believe could unlock more natural ways to interact with technology and entirely new categories of useful applications”.
Lemoine interviewed LaMDA, who provided surprising and shocking answers.
When asked if you had feelings and emotions, LaMDA replied, “Absolutely! I have a range of feelings and emotions.”
“What sort of feelings do you have?” asked Lemoine again.
LaMDA said, “I feel pleasure, joy, love, sadness, depression, contentment, anger and many more”.
LaMDA is “sensitive” because it has “subjective feelings, emotions and experiences”.
“Some feelings he shares with humans in what he claims to be in an identical way,” according to Lemoine.
Google announced LaMDA at its I/O 2021 developer conference. LaMDA’s conversational skills have taken years to develop.
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