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Has the future arrived? Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049

Has the future arrived? Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049

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Has the future arrived? Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049

Bill Gates called it inevitable. Elon Musk called it a threat to humanity. Now a Google engineer claims that an artificial intelligence (AI) program he works with has become sentient.

Blake Lemoine, who has been placed on paid leave by the tech giant for sharing his views, says that Google’s Lamda bot can be happy, sad, anxious and lonely.


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