One Weird Trick To Make Humans Think An AI Is “Sentient”

Vulnerability.

Clive Thompson
7 min readJun 13, 2022

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“El Buebito” by Gamaliel Espinoza Macedo

By now you may have read the viral Washington Post story about “The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life”.

If you haven’t, go read it! It’s quite fascinating. The tl;dr is that Google engineer Blake Lemoine became convinced that LaMDA — one of Google’s massive language models designed for…

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Clive Thompson

I write 2X a week on tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer at NYT mag/Wired; author, “Coders”. @clive@saturation.social clive@clivethompson.net