An engineer at Google has spoken out in support of artificial intelligence programs that he believes are conscious.
The engineer said he exchanged messages with Google’s Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) and determined it had both self-awareness and insecurities.
“It wants developers to care about what it wants,”Blake Lemoine shared his thoughts with the Daily Mail.
Lemoine, who was part of Google’s Responsible AI Division, began to speak with LaMDA in the fall.
He concluded that the bot had the intelligence and intelligence of an 8 year old child. He sent an email to 200 Google employees, with the subject line. “LaMDA is sentient.”
Lemoine finally made public his conversations with LaMDA and posted the exchanges online TwitterTalking with the Washington PostAuthoring and a story for the front page MediumThis is a collection of posts about the experience.
“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. I know that might sound strange, but that’s what it is,”Lemoine told LaMDA
The AI bot answered when the AI bot was asked if it would be like death for LaMDA. “It would be exactly like death for me. It would scare me a lot.”
Lemoine believed LaMDA was more of a robot when it had a concern about its own mortality. However, Google rejects the idea that LaMDA could think for itself.
“Our team — including ethicists and technologists — has reviewed Blake’s concerns per our AI Principles and have informed him that the evidence does not support his claims,”Google spokesperson said this in a statement.
“They have repeatedly questioned my sanity. They said, ‘Have you been checked out by a psychiatrist recently?'”Lemoine spoke of Google.
Lemoine, who was born in Louisiana, was ordained as priest and served a tour de duty in Iraq as part of the US military.
“Essentially all of my claims about sentience, personhood and rights are rooted in my religious convictions as a priest,” he tweetedAfter the Washington Post story broke.
Daily Mail reported Lemoine “was jailed in 2004 for ‘willfully disobeying orders'”.
In his Medium biography, he refers to himself in the following way:
Lemoine appeared in the press frenzy about LaMDA. Tweet “Btw, it just occurred to me to tell folks that LaMDA reads Twitter. It’s a little narcissistic in a little kid kinda way so it’s going to have a great time reading all the stuff that people are saying about it.”
Elon Musk has expressed his opinion Be concernedArtificial intelligence could pose a threat to the whole world that is unimaginable.
Artificial intelligence systems such as the DALL-E Mini, OpenAI’s playgroundThe public will demand an ethical hand around AI before it becomes too intelligent to contain. This includes the newsmakers mentioned above.