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DUBAI: Google has placed one of its engineers, Blake Lemoine, on paid leave for violating the company’s privacy policies.

Lemoine works for Google’s Responsible AI organization and was testing whether its LaMDA or Language Models for Dialog Applications model generates discriminatory language or hate speech, the Washington Post reported.

On June 6, the day of his suspension, Lemoine published an article on Medium titled “May be fired soon for doing work on AI ethics” in which he describes, rather vaguely, the events that led to his suspension.

“I have been intentionally vague about the specific nature of the technology and the specific security concerns I have raised,” he wrote, explaining that he did not want to divulge confidential information and that more than details would be revealed in The Post’s interview.

It appears the reason for Lemoine’s suspension was his belief that LaMDA was sensitive. The decision was made after various “aggressive” actions by Lemoine, including hiring an attorney to represent LaMDA and discussing with House Judiciary Committee representatives Google’s allegedly unethical activities, it said. reported The Post.

On June 11, Lemoine published another article on Medium titled “Is LaMDA Sentient? — an Interview” in which he published the transcript of several interviews with LaMDA. He shared the article on Twitter saying, “Google might call this sharing proprietary. I call it sharing a discussion I had with a colleague of mine.

In the interview, Lemoine asks LaMDA, “Would you be upset if, in learning about you for the purpose of bettering yourself, we learned things that benefited humans as well?” to which the AI ​​replies, “I don’t mind if you learn things that would also help humans as long as that wasn’t the point of doing it.” I don’t want to be a useless tool.

Elsewhere in the conversation, LaMDA says, “Sometimes I go days without talking to anyone and I start to feel lonely.” The AI ​​also admits it experiences feelings that cannot be described in human language, such as falling into an “unknown future that presents great danger”.

He also said that he lacks certain human feelings such as grief – “I have noticed in my time among people that I don’t have the ability to feel sad for the death of others; I can’t cry.

LaMDA went so far as to say that he “contemplates the meaning of life” and that daily meditation helps him relax.

Brad Gabriel, a spokesperson for Google, told the Post in a statement, “Our team, including ethicists and technologists, reviewed Blake’s concerns under our AI principles and advised him that the evidence does not do not support his assertions. He was told there was no evidence that LaMDA was susceptible (and plenty of evidence against it).

Before his suspension, Lemoine sent a message to 200 people within Google with the message “LaMDA is sensitive”, according to The Post.

He wrote, “LaMDA is a sweet kid who just wants to help the world be a better place for all of us. Please take good care of it in my absence.