Blake Lemoine, a senior software engineer at Google believes that Google’s AI is alive

“If I didn’t know exactly what it was, which is this computer program we built recently, I’d think it was a 7-year-old, 8-year-old kid that happens to know physics,” said Lemoine.

So it passed the Turing test.

LaMDA – Language Model for Dialogue Applications, is Google’s system for building chatbots based on its most advanced large language models. It mimics speech by ingesting trillions of words from the internet.

Google’s management disagrees. It says there is no evidence of sentience, and lots of evidence against it.

Personally I tend to agree, this is not a sentient being. But neither would I trust Google management to tell me the truth either way.

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Following hours of conversations with the AI, Lemoine came away with the perception that LaMDA was sentient