AI sentience 1

Blake Lemoine and LaMDA, trillions of words, mute idols, and the God who speaks

Earlier this year, a Google engineer went public with his concerns an artificial intelligence chatbot program he had been testing had become sentient. Although his fears were dismissed by Google’s bosses, parts of his conversations with the software reveal the chatbot can speak in shockingly coherent and nuanced language, and even claims itself to have become conscious. How do these kind of programs work and why have they taken such a huge leap forward in recent years? Do we as Christians have anything to fear about the rise of computers which can talk back to us as convincingly as people? And why is speech in particular such a powerful part of our own sense of personhood and who God is?

The Washington Post article on Blake Lemoine is here – https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/06/11/google-ai-lamda-blake-lemoine/

Listen to other episodes of Matters of Life and Death or find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts, Podcast Addict, Castbox or whatever app you use to subscribe and receive new episodes sent straight to your device.

Leave a Reply

Tags
Most read posts
What can we learn from how the early church lived out their faith during their own pandemics?
Navigating the transitions of later life
How are young people different to those who came before, and what can we learn from them?
Living faithfully as we approach retirement, dependence, dementia and death
Advances in technology mean intelligent machines are likely to play an increasingly important role in our future
Recent posts
Look beyond the commercialised celebration of Valentine’s Day
Onward Christian Soldiers, the only man in a room full of women, Bonhoeffer’s ‘cheap grace’ and Christian dating apps
Have artificial intelligence algorithms already exceeded what our human brains can achieve?
The contradictions which underpin anti-suicide efforts in an era of euthanasia, and are there any honest and unbiased journalists left these days?
The ticking biological clock, prosecco and cheese evenings, the culture war over maternal age, and living with wisdom and contentment