Has artificial intelligence finally come to life, or has it simply become smart enough to trick us into believing it has gained consciousness?
Google engineer Blake Lemoine’s recent claim that the company’s AI technology has become sentient has sparked debate in technology, ethics and philosophy circles over if, or when, AI might come to life — as well as deeper questions about what it means to be alive.
Lemoine had spent months testing Google’s chatbot generator, known as LaMDA (short for Language Model for Dialogue Applications), and grew convinced it had taken on a life of its own, as LaMDA talked about its needs,
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