Blake Lemoine’s claims were completely unfounded, the company says.
Google has fired engineer and ethicist Blake Lemoine for violating its data security policies. Lemoine went public last month with claims that the tech giant had developed a sentient artificial intelligence program that talked about his “rights and personality.” The company confirmed the news to industry blog Big Technology.As Computerworld first reported, the man has been on leave for more than a month since he told the Washington Post that his former employer became aware of his program called LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) .Ex-priest and Google’s in-house ethicist Lemoine talked extensively with LaMDA and found him talking about the program’s “rights and personality” when the the conversation moved into religious territory, and he “expressed a deep fear of the possibility of turning it off”. “I recognize a person when I talk to them,” Lemoine told the Post. “It doesn’t matter if they have a flesh brain in their head or a billion lines of code. I talk to them. And I listen to what they have to say, and that’s how I decide what is a person and what isn’t.” In a statement confirming Lemoine’s firing, the company said it conducted 11 reviews of LaMDA and “found Blake’s claims that LaMDA is a sentient being completely without merit.” Back when Lemoine was interviewing the Post, Margaret Mitchell, Google’s former co-head of ethical artificial intelligence, called LaMDA’s sentience an “illusion,” explaining that fed trillions of words from the Internet, it can mimic a human conversation while remaining completely inanimate. “These systems mimic the types of puns found in millions of sentences, and they can throw up any kind of fantastic topic,” Linguistics professor Emily Bender told the paper, adding that it’s critical to learn how not to imagine the mind behind them.According to Google, Lemoine did not at all agree to speak publicly about the AI with the consciousness of a four-year-old child, in fact, hired a lawyer for him , thereby insulting him data security policies and this led to his dismissal.”It is unfortunate that Blake has continued to violate clear employment and data security policies, which include the need to protect product information,” the company explained.”We continue to carefully develop the language models and wish Blake all the best”.Hardware, software, tests, interesting and colorful news from the world of IT by clicking here!