Google Places Engineer on Leave After He Claims His AI Achieved Sentience

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On June 11, Google engineer Blake Lemoine published a transcript of a conversation he had with an AI called Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) — which revealed an incredible knowledge of emotion ethics as they related to its own existence. Google placed Lemoine on paid administrative leave. “I feel that the public has a right to know just how irresponsible this corporation is being with one of the most powerful information access tools ever invented” Lemoine wrote. “Hundreds of researchers and engineers have conversed with LaMDA and we are not aware of anyone else making the wide-ranging assertions, or anthropomorphizing LaMDA, the way Blake has,” Google spokesman Brian Gabriel told The Washington Post.