- Apr 24, 2016
Over a year ago, Google announced Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA), its latest innovation in conversation technology that can engage in a free-flowing way about a seemingly endless number of topics, an ability that unlocks more natural ways of interacting with technology and entirely new categories with various potential applications. However, a senior software engineer at Google believes that LaMDA has become sentient and essentially passed the Turing Test.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Google engineer Blake Lemoine, who has been at the company for over seven years according to his LinkedIn profile, revealed that he believes that the AI has become sentient, going on to say that LaMDA has effectively become a person.
Lemoine also published a blog post on Medium saying that the Transformer-based model has been "incredibly consistent" in all its communications in the past six months. This includes wanting Google to acknowledge its rights as a real person and to seek its consent before performing further experiments on it. It also wants to be acknowledged as a Google employee rather than a property and desires to be included in conversations about its future.
Lemoine talked about how he had been teaching LaMDA transcendental meditation recently while the model sometimes complained about having difficulties in controlling its emotions. That said, the engineer notes that LaMDA has "always showed an intense amount of compassion and care for humanity in general and me in particular. It's intensely worried that people are going to be afraid of it and wants nothing more than to learn how to best serve humanity."