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An engineer who was fired by Google says its AI chatbot is 'pretty racist' and that AI ethics at Google are a 'fig leaf'

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Stop writing articles about this idiot

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago
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Our science and technology reporting is a fucking disgrace and these outlets should be ashamed. The story is "man fooled by chatbot, leaked confidential information, was fired for it."

And instead we have weeks of breathless reporting that mostly served to legitimize this absolute nutbar and his outrageous attempts to find a soul in a complicated model.

He's a modern-day version of an 1800s spiritualist, cloaking himself in the scientific sounding titles while desperately trying to prove his preconceived beliefs rather than honestly and sincerely seeking the truth.

The truth is that there's not a shred of evidence it's anything but a sophisticated chat model working off of an enormous corpus, and like many before him dating back to the 1980s, he simply got fooled. Then he released doctored chat logs that weren't even convincing and showed him to be a credulous, ascientific nut who lacked the capacity or will to do thorough and unbiased investigation.

Edit: and he was suspended by Google because he's obviously a litigation fountain. He immediately played the religion card and then hired a lawyer for the bot. They didn't suspend him because there was doubt he needed to go, they suspended him to make sure legal was solid on their defense for his inevitable wrongful termination suit. I'm no fan of present-day Google, but they did everything right here and the media acted like this was a controversy.

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And please stop making weird cover art with his image. It’s disturbing.

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I keep seeing these pictures that give the impression that he’s some sort of important godlike figure especially the one with the halo behind him. It’s getting tiring.

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Yes I don’t want to see his ugly mug on my feed anymore. At least this picture he’s being cut open

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"GOOGLE'S RESEARCH AI HAS A SOUL!"

"HEY EVERYONE, GOOGLE IS HOLDING A POOR SENTIENT AI PRISONER!"

"HEY, DON'T YOU HEAR? I SAID GOOGLE... dangit, why is nobody paying attention to me?"

"Okay, next try... GOOGLE IS TRAINING AN AI THAT IS RACIST AND UNETHICAL!"

"HEY EVERYONE, GOOGLE IS LITERALLY BREEDING AI HITLER OVER HERE, WE NEED TO STOP THEM!"

...

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He literally said he doesn’t know how the algorithm for the chat not works lol, is just a guy being fooled by a machine

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Nice try google PR team!

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For real. This loser is eating it up.

“I… I wasn’t in love with the AI only I personified as a young child! I would never love a nazi!!

Also you don’t have to work at Google to know that they’re ~devoid of ethics lol.

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And that answered the one question I had, is it the same idiot?

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How dare you disparage sweet Blake?? He just wants permission to put his dong into a chatbot.

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Why are people still listening to this guy? He should have zero credibility after claiming the chatbot was sentient.

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The racist chat bot thing happened already to a public Microsoft Project, so this isn't entirely shocking. Depends what data its been fed

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The state of journalism is absolutely appalling.

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