Sentient artificial intelligence: A dream & a nightmare for scientists

Given our inability to define consciousness and to understand how it arises, and given the huge strides made in developing AI, a genuinely self-aware program might indeed be around the corner

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Self-awareness means the entity concerned knows who or what it is, and it has a sense of its individuality, and its place in the world

Devangshu Datta New Delhi
The tech community has been both amused and upset by the revelation that a Google engineer thinks an artificial intelligence (AI) he works with has developed self-awareness. Blake Lemoine has been placed on leave (as a probable precursor to dismissal) for breaking his non-disclosure agreement with his employer.

Lemoine went public with his belief that LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) is self-aware, and released a transcript of the conversation that convinced him the AI was not accidentally scoring high on an impromptu Turing test.

Pioneering computer scientist and genius logician Alan Turing proposed a famous test for judging if a computer could emulate human behaviour: Could a machine have a (free-flowing) conversation with a human, where the human didn’t figure out

First Published: Jun 17 2022 | 06:10 AM IST

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