It’s (not) alive! Google row exposes AI troubles

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San Francisco (AFP) – An internal fight over whether Google built technology with human-like consciousness has spilled into the open, exposing the ambitions and risks inherent in artificial intelligence that can feel all too real. The Silicon Valley giant suspended one of its engineers last week who argued the firm’s AI system LaMDA seemed “sentient,” a claim Google officially disagrees with. Several experts told AFP they were also highly skeptical of the consciousness claim, but said human nature and ambition could easily confuse the issue. “The problem is that… when we encounter strings of…

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