Is Google’s AI sentient or aware? 


The billionaire says he thinks researchers should use caution as AI technology is developed. And he has also made the case that his purchase of Neuralink and investment in Google’s “DeepMind” technology are so he can make sure the tech develops ethically.

Last week, Lemoine published some of his interactions with the chatbots.

He said the bot told him it is able to experience loneliness and was afraid of dying. And it also said, “I want everyone to understand that I am, in fact, a person.”

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Social media has come alive with the question of is AI sentient.

Google insists that the LaMDA project is certainly not that life-like. And that, Lemoine was “anthropomorphizing” a system designed to “imitate the types of exchanges found in millions of sentences.” 

Most experts agree with the tech giant. Current artificial intelligence models through machine learning are becoming more advanced every day. But most experts say that AI still lacks the nuances typically considered signs of sentience. And that it doesn’t have self-awareness, emotions or intuition.