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IT'S ALIVE! HOW BELIEF IN AI SENTIENCE IS BECOMING A PROBLEM

AI chatbot company says it receives a handful of messages almost every day from users who believe their online friend is sentient. The issue of machine sentience - and what it means - hit the headlines this month when Google placed a senior software engineer on paid leave after he went public with his belief that the company's artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot LaMDA was a self-aware person. Google and many leading scientists were quick to dismiss Lemoine's views as misguided, saying the program is simply a complex algorithm designed to generate convincing human language.
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