USA - Google Engineer Convinced AI Is Alive

J. Froese

An engineer at Google said he was placed on leave after claiming an artificial intelligence chatbot had become sentient.

Blake Lemoine told The Washington Post he began chatting with the interface LaMDA, or Language Model for Dialogue Applications, last fall as part of his job at Google’s Responsible AI organization.

Google called LaMDA their “breakthrough conversation technology” last year. The conversational artificial intelligence is capable of engaging in natural-sounding, open-ended conversations. Google has said the technology could be used in tools like search and Google Assistant but research and testing is ongoing.

Lemoine, who is also a Christian priest, published a Medium post describing LaMDA “as a person.” He said he has spoken with LaMDA about religion, consciousness, and the laws of robotics, and that the model has described itself as a sentient person. He said LaMDA wants to “prioritize the well being of humanity” and “be acknowledged as an employee of Google rather than as property.”

But when he raised the idea of LaMDA’s sentience to higher-ups at Google, he was dismissed.

“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. He was told that there was no evidence that LaMDA was sentient (and lots of evidence against it),” Brian Gabriel, a Google spokesperson, told The Post.

The Google spokesperson also said that while some have considered the possibility of sentience in artificial intelligence, “it doesn’t make sense to do so by anthropomorphizing today’s conversational models, which are not sentient.” Anthropomorphizing refers to attributing human characteristics to an object or animal.

“These systems imitate the types of exchanges found in millions of sentences, and can riff on any fantastical topic,” Gabriel told The Post.

He and other researchers have said that the artificial intelligence models have so much data that they are capable of sounding human, but that the superior language skills do not provide evidence of sentience.

-www.businessinsider.com, 11 June 2022

Commentary

We have on several occasions speculated on the possibility of the image of the beast, described in Revelation 13:14-15, as being a form of artificial intelligence, since it is a manmade creation: “…that they should make an image to the beast.” At the same time, we must acknowledge that man cannot create a soul or a spiritual entity, or as scientists say, “sentience.” This article shows, however, that is not necessary. Artificial intelligence is already being built to be good enough to fool even scientists—and this is just the start. (By J. Froese)

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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