A top software engineer at Google was fired by a US company after controversial claims about the company’s smart chat system surfaced.
Blake Lemoine claims artificial intelligence tool LaMDA (Language Model for Dialog Applications)That which has not yet been publicly released will have spirit and conscience.
The employee was fired last Monday (6). He is on paid leave.
The information was first disclosed by the newspaper “Washington Post”, which interviewed the employee.
Lemoine claims that chatbotA type of computational tool that tries to simulate human behavior in conversation must have realized that Artificial Intelligence (AI) started talking about their rights and personalities.
In a communication released by the engineer, the chatbot would have said the following:
Lemon [editado]: I’m assuming in general that you want more people at Google to know that you are Sensitive [percebe sentidos e tem consciência], This is true?
LaMDA: Definitely. I want everyone to understand that I really am a person.
Lemoine, who was initially working to understand how artificial intelligence used discriminatory or hate speech, pointed out that conclusions about the sentiment of the LMDA came only after a series of experiments showed That the equipment will be aware of its needs.
“If I didn’t know exactly what that was, what computer program is this that we’ve made recently, I’d think he was a 7-year-old, an 8-year-old who knows physics,” said the expert.
Despite this, Google vehemently denies that its conversation system can be conscious. The company claims that the engineer’s alleged evidence is not in fact conclusive.
“Our team – including ethicists and technologists – reviewed Blake’s concerns in line with responsible AI principles [organização do Google dedicada ao tema da IA] and informed them that the evidence does not support their claims,” Google spokesman Brian Gabriel said in a statement.
Google also told The New York Times that hundreds of its researchers and engineers spoke to LaMDA and came to a different conclusion than Lemoine.