Blake Lemoine: Google Fires Engineer Who Said AI Tech Has Feelings
American tech giant, Google has fired one of its engineers who said the company’s artificial intelligence system has feelings.
Last month, Blake Lemoine went public with his theory that Google’s language technology is sentient and should therefore have its “wants” respected.
Google, plus several AI experts, denied the claims and the company has confirmed that he has been sacked.
When contacted for comments, Lemoine told the BBC that he is getting legal advice, and declined to comment further.
In a statement, Google said Mr Lemoine’s claims about The Language Model for Dialogue Applications (Lamda) were “wholly unfounded” and that the company worked with him for “many months” to clarify this.
“So, it’s regrettable that despite lengthy engagement on this topic, Blake still chose to persistently violate clear employment and data security policies that include the need to safeguard product information,” the statement said.