4 min read.Updated: 21 Jun 2022, 10:14 PM ISTParmy Olson, Bloomberg
The ability of algorithms to shape our lives should be the big debate
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It has been an exasperating fortnight for computer scientists. They’ve been falling over each other to denounce claims by Google engineer Blake Lemoine that his employer’s language-predicting system was sentient and deserved rights associated with consciousness. To be clear, current artificial intelligence (AI) systems are far away from being able to experience feelings. In fact, they may never do so. Their smarts today are confined to narrow tasks such as matching faces, recommending movies or predicting word sequences. No one has figured out how to make machine-learning systems generalize intelligence, or empathize, in the same way humans do.