Google Fires AI Engineer Who Claimed Its AI Was Sentient

Artificial Intelligence is nothing new, but recently one of Google’s AI Engineers claimed that its AI was sentient, after claiming to have a conversation with it about “being unplugged.” Google maintains that its AI is not sentient, but this engineer was not the first person to be removed from Google for concerns over its AI.

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Google Fires AI Engineer Who Claimed Its AI Was Sentient | Definition Match

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Google Fires AI Engineer Who Claimed Its AI Was Sentient | Fill in the Black

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Google Fires AI Engineer Who Claimed Its AI Was Sentient | True or False

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Google has fired the software engineer who claimed an unreleased AI system had become sentient, saying he violated employment and data security policies. The engineer stated a conversation technology called LaMDA had reached a level of consciousness after exchanging thousands of messages with it.

Google confirmed it had first put the engineer on leave in June. The company said it dismissed the “wholly unfounded” claims only after reviewing them extensively, Google said it takes AI development “very seriously” and is committed to “responsible innovation.”

Google is a leader in innovating AI technology, which includes LaMDA, or “Language Model for Dialog Applications.” Technology like this responds to written prompts by finding patterns and predicting sequences of words from large swaths of text—and the results can be disturbing for humans.

“What sort of things are you afraid of?” the engineer asked LaMDA, to which LaMDA replied: “I’ve never said this out loud before, but there’s a very deep fear of being turned off to help me focus on helping others […] It would be exactly like death for me. It would scare me a lot.”

But the wider AI community has held that LaMDA is not near a level of consciousness. “Nobody should think auto-complete, even on steroids, is conscious,” the founder and CEO of Geometric Intelligence says.

It isn’t the first time Google has faced internal strife over its foray into AI. In December 2020, another employee, a pioneer in the ethics of AI, parted ways with Google. A third employee, a leader of Google’s Ethical AI team, was fired in early 2021 after her outspokenness regarding the previous employee. The two had raised concerns over AI technology, saying they warned Google people could believe the technology is sentient.

Adjectives to Describe People

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We know learning new vocabulary is always fun, especially when you can use the words to talk about the people you love…and the ones you don’t! This is why we have created the following exercises to help you learn and remember some new adjectives that can be used in a wide variety of situations, for example:

“Hey Tom, why are you late to the meeting?”
“I’m sorry, my neighbour saw me leaving my house this morning and decided to tell me about her new cat. She is very chatty and I couldn’t get away!”

Or you could even talk about the teacher you hated in high school.

“Hey look! Mr. Thomas, your old science teacher is over there.”
“Not Mr. Thomas, he was the worst teacher ever! He was always so uptight and never let us have any fun in class.”

Now it is your turn to practice using these interesting adjectives!

Adjectives Exercise

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Humor – Puns

Many English speaking writers are famous for their wit, from William Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde to Douglas Adams. Wit is typically described as an author’s creativity and brevity when using language. Some forms of wit are respected such as satire, metaphors, or a quick funny quip. The lowest form of wit however is the pun. A pun is when words share the same sound but have different meanings. This is fairly common in English, and it is used to make a joke. Words that sound the same but have different meanings are homonyms. Puns are intended to be funny but are often greeted with a groan from the audience. Sometimes even when speaking naturally a pun may occur and the speaker will say, “No pun intended” when they realize what they have said.
Here are some examples of puns!

The farmer did not receive his reward because he was outstanding in his field.
“Outstanding in his field” can mean that he was an excellent farmer and it can also mean that he was literally standing on his farm land.

My bicycle fell over because it’s too tired.
This makes sense when spoken but less sense when written. “Too tired” means exhausted, but it sounds just like “two tired” which means the bicycle has two wheels and is unstable.

Puns Quiz

Match the word with its definition and try writing some puns of your own!

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