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Google’s powerful AI spotlights a human cognitive glitch: Mistaking fluent speech for fluent thought

When you read a sentence like this one, your past experience tells you that it’s written by a thinking, feeling human. And, in this case, there is indeed a human typing these words: [Hi, there!] But these days, some sentences that appear remarkably humanlike are actually generated by artificial intelligence systems trained on massive amounts...

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What is consciousness?

Consciousness refers to the state of being aware of and able to think, feel and perceive. It is the ability to be aware of your surroundings and make decisions. It is the ability to be aware of your own thoughts and feelings and to interact with the world around you. Consciousness is thought to be...

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Is Google’s LaMDA conscious? A philosopher’s view

LaMDA is Google’s latest artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot. Blake Lemoine, a Google AI engineer, has claimed it is sentient. He’s been put on leave after publishing his conversations with LaMDA. If Lemoine’s claims are true, it would be a milestone in the history of humankind and technological development. Google strongly denies LaMDA has any sentient...

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Google’s Imagen AI creates photorealistic images from natural text

Text-to-image artificial intelligence programs have been around for a while now. However, a new AI program called Imagen, developed by Google, is able to generate realistic images based on textual descriptions, and the results are pretty impressive. Imagen uses natural language text input to convert input text into embeddings. The text embedded in the image...

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What is GPT-3?

GPT-3, also known as the third generation Generative Pre-trained Transformer is a neural network machine-learning model that uses internet data to generate any kind of text. Developed by OpenAI, it requires very little input text to produce large volumes of machine-generated text that is relevant and sophisticated. OpenAI was founded in 2015 as an independent...

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A little bit of Consciousness

Ilya Sutskever is a senior scientist at OpenAI with a certain knack for PR. With a casual tweet, Sutskever revived a long-closed discussion: The question of whether artificial intelligence can ever possess a consciousness. Sutskever suggested that the large neural networks of today "have a little bit of consciousness". OpenAI, which Sutskever founded with Elon...

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