Google fired engineer Blake Lemoine, who said LaMDA’s AI had gained consciousness. Lemoine announced his observations last month, to the alarm of the employer and other AI researchers.
Blake Lemoine, an engineer who has spent the past seven years at Google, among others, on artificial intelligence, has been fired — according to Alex Kantrowitz of Big Technology Bulletin. This information was allegedly provided by Lemoine himself while recording the podcast, which has not yet been released to the public. Google confirmed its release at the request of the service:
“As we affirm in our AI Principles, we take AI development very seriously and remain committed to responsible innovation. LaMDA has undergone 11 separate reviews, and earlier this year we published a research paper detailing the work done in responsible development. Our work, Just as Blake did, we subjected them to a detailed analysis. We found Blake’s claims that LaMDA is conscious to be completely unfounded and worked to explain them for months. These discussions were part of an open culture that helps us innovate in the unfortunate that despite our longstanding commitment to this topic, Blake has consistently decided to violate explicit recruitment and data security policies that include the need to protect product information. We will continue our rigorous development of language models and wish Blake the best.”
Lemoine, who was part of the Google Responsible AI project, traveled to The Washington Post last month claiming that one of the company’s systems had gained the ability to sense. Artificial intelligence (LaMDA) was unveiled to the public last year by Google as a way for computers to better mimic open conversation.
The engineer, in an interview with Wired, even tried to say that “LaMDA is a person.” After making these statements – apparently without permission from Google – Lemoine was initially placed on paid administrative leave. In a correction submitted to the Washington Post, the tech giant emphasized that its AI is in no way informed.
Konrad Siwick, journalist at dobreprogramy.pl
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