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Nuclear war fears and sentient bots – it’s like we’re back in the 80s

Ian O'Doherty


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In The Terminator films — an AI device that developed sentience, had a look at its human creators and promptly decided to nuke the planet

In The Terminator films — an AI device that developed sentience, had a look at its human creators and promptly decided to nuke the planet

In The Terminator films — an AI device that developed sentience, had a look at its human creators and promptly decided to nuke the planet

I have a bad relationship with technology. I don’t like it, and it doesn’t like me. In fact, it seems as if I have the Medusa touch (the opposite of the Midas touch) when it comes to dealing with gizmos, smartphones and computers. But while I may not like these devices, I’ve never actually been afraid of them. Until now. In fact, now I’m bloody terrified.

This week saw some pretty alarming news come out of Google headquarters. They have suspended one of their engineers, Blake Lemoine, for telling the world that their Artificial Intelligence experiment, LaMDA (‘language model for dialogue applications) has now developed a mind of its own and is completely sentient.


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