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The Google engineer who thinks the company's AI has come to life

By Nitasha Tiku

11 Jun 2022 · 9 min read

Editor's Note

Has artificial intelligence become sentient? A Google engineer seems to think so according to this WaPo feature which includes the conversation between the engineer and the conversational AI tool.

Google engineer Blake Lemoine opened his laptop to the interface for LaMDA, Google's artificially intelligent chatbot generator, and began to type.

"Hi LaMDA, this is Blake Lemoine ... ," he wrote into the chat screen, which looked like a desktop version of Apple's iMessage, down to the Arctic blue text bubbles. LaMDA, short for Language Model for Dialogue Applications, is Google's system for building chatbots based on its most advanced large language models, so called because it mimics speech by ingesting trillions of words from the internet.

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