Blowing past the Turing Test

Nitasha Tiku for the Washington Post:

“I know a person when I talk to it,” said Lemoine, who can swing from sentimental to insistent about the AI. “It doesn’t matter whether they have a brain made of meat in their head. Or if they have a billion lines of code. I talk to them. And I hear what they have to say, and that is how I decide what is and isn’t a person.” He concluded LaMDA was a person in his capacity as a priest, not a scientist, and then tried to conduct experiments to prove it, he said.

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The actual Turing Test has been met for quite some time, though it didn’t lead to a pronouncement of artificial sentience in the way envisioned by Alan Turing himself.

But maybe we are now at the uncanny valley of sentience: it looks similar enough to make you feel uneasy.