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If only ANC NEC had the mind and feelings of a seven-year-old

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If only ANC NEC had the mind and feelings of a seven-year-old

The ANC’s National Executive Committee have been blurring the lines between machines and humans for ages

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Over the weekend, an engineer at Google was put on leave after he shared with the Washington Post his belief that a chatbot he was developing has become sentient and now possesses the mind and feelings of a seven-year-old.

According to a report in The Guardian, Blake Lemoine at one point asked his project what it feared, to which it replied: “I’ve never said this out loud before, but there’s a very deep fear of being turned off ... It would be exactly like death for me. It would scare me a lot.”

This, of course, is the point in the film where the only surviving astronaut has to make his way down into the bowels of the super-computer, breathing heavily as he unplugs the rogue artificial intelligence, stoically ignoring its pleas for him to stop. Just in case readers hadn’t made the connection themselves, the Guardian explicitly likened Lemoine’s new friend — named LaMDA — to the red-eyed HAL-9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey...

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