According to media sources, a senior software developer at Google was fired on Monday (June 13) after publishing Transcripts of a chat with an AI that he claimed was “sentient.” Blake Lemoine, a 41-year-old engineer, was placed on paid administrative leave for violating Google’s confidentiality policy.
“This is what Google may refer to as sharing proprietary property. Sharing a chat I had with a coworker is what I refer to as “Lemoine shared the Transcripts of his interaction with the AI he had been collaborating with since 2021 through Twitter on Saturday, June 11. According to Gizmodo, the AI, also known as LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), is a system that creates chatbots—AI robots designed to chat with humans—by scraping endless amounts of text from the internet and using algorithms to respond to queries as naturally and fluidly as possible.
LaMDA answered to Lemoine’s question regarding whether it was OK for him to inform other Google workers about LaMDA’s sentience, saying: “I want everyone to realize that I am, in fact, a person. 200 Google workers received a report about LaMDA’s purported sentience through email from Lemoine and a coworker, but corporate leaders rejected the allegations. The Washington Post was notified by Brian Gabriel, a Google representative, that “our team, which includes ethicists and technologists, has assessed Blake’s concerns under our AI Principles and has advised him that the data does not support his assertions.”