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Google fires software engineer who claims AI chatbot is sentient

Company said Blake Lemoine violated Google policies and that his claims were ‘wholly unfounded’

Google has dismissed a senior software engineer who claimed the company’s artificial intelligence chatbot LaMDA was a self-aware person.

Google, which placed software engineer Blake Lemoine on leave last month, said he had violated company policies and that it found his claims on LaMDA (language model for dialogue applications) to be “wholly unfounded”.

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