Google fires engineer who contended its AI technology is sentient

Blake Lemoine, a software engineer for Google, claimed that 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 Lemoine’s “wholly unfounded” claims only after reviewing them extensively. He had reportedly been at Alphabet for seven years.In a statement, Google said it takes the development of AI “very seriously” and that it’s committed to “responsible innovation.”

Google is one of the leaders in innovating AI technology, which included LaMDA, or “Language Model for Dialog Applications.”