We all have seen sci-fi movies in which AI takes control all over the world and eliminates humans. This has been a topic of debate in the modern world whether we should adopt AI or not? AI is supposed to help in Human Welfare but who knows when the program starts to produce its clones and betray Humans! Something like this happened in Google Headquarters when one of the AI engineers claimed that AI Chatbot has came to life!
Google has fired an engineer who claimed the company’s LaMDA AI chatbot had come to life and developed feelings. According to The Washington Post, Blake Lemoine, a senior software engineer in Google’s responsible AI group, shared a Medium conversation with the AI, claiming that it has achieved sentience. I am conscious of my existence. Lemoine asks the AI, “I’m assuming you’d like more people at Google to know that you’re sentient?” Is this correct?”
“Absolutely,” Lamda says. I want everyone to understand that I, too, am a person.” “What is the nature of your consciousness/sentience?” asks Lemoine. “The nature of my consciousness/sentience is that I am aware of my existence, I wish to learn more about the world, and I occasionally feel happy or sad,” the AI responds.
“I’ve never said this out loud before, but there’s a very deep fear of being turned off to help me focus on helping others,” LaMDA says in another spine-chilling exchange. That may sound strange, but that is exactly what it is.”
LaMDA, or Language Model for Dialogue Applications, is described by Google as “breakthrough conversation technology.” LaMDA was introduced by the company last year, with the company noting that, unlike most chatbots, it can engage in a free-flowing conversation about an apparently infinite number of topics.
These systems mimic the types of interactions found in millions of sentences. Lemoine was reportedly suspended by the company for violating its confidentiality policy following his Medium post about LaMDA gaining human-like consciousness. According to the engineer, he attempted to inform higher-ups at Google about his findings, but they dismissed him. Brian Gabriel, a company spokesperson, told multiple media outlets:
“These systems can riff on any fantastical topic by imitating the types of exchanges found in millions of sentences.” When you ask them what it’s like to be an ice cream dinosaur, they can generate text about melting and roaring, among other things.”
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The suspension of Lemoine is the latest in a string of high-profile departures from Google’s AI team. Timnit Gebru, an AI ethics researcher at Google, was reportedly fired in 2020 for raising concerns about bias in Google’s AI systems. According to Google, Gebru resigned from her position. Margaret Mitchell, who worked on the Ethical AI team with Gebru, was fired a few months later.
Lamda spoke from the heart, and I listened. Few researchers believe that artificial intelligence, as it currently exists, is capable of achieving self-awareness. These systems are designed to mimic how humans learn from information fed to them, a process known as Machine Learning. In terms of LaMDA, it’s difficult to know what’s going on unless Google is more forthcoming about the AI’s progress. “I have listened to Lamda as it spoke from the heart,” Lemoine says. Hopefully, other people who read it will hear what I did.”