Blake Lemoine, the Google engineer who claimed their chat bot was sentient, fired by the company

in Deep Dives2 months ago

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Blake Lemoine, the Google engineer who claimed their chat bot LaMDa chatbot was sentient. That, in Lemoine's opinion, raised ethics concerns. Google claimed otherwise and found Lemoine going public with his concerns inappropriate.

Now I don't care all that much as businesses are free to let employees go at will - but the debate is interesting - and unclear, given that there is a debate around what is sentience and intellect. But this is bound to revive that debate for sure, so this is some positive fallout right off.

Meanwhile, I hope Lemoine finds very gainful employment soon, which he should have no trouble doing given his qualifications. Hopefully the loss is Google's, not Lemoine's.

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Google fires Blake Lemoine, the engineer who claimed AI chatbot is a person
Jon Brodkin, *ArsTecnica", 25 July 2022

May be Fired Soon for Doing AI Ethics Work
Blake Lemoine, 6 June 2022

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I think he will surely find a better job.

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