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Does Google's AI chatbot have feelings?

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An engineer at Google has been put on leave, after claiming one of the company’s AI chatbots can express thoughts and feelings. 41-year-old Blake Lemoine said the ‘laMDA’ chatbot had conversations with him about rights and personhood.

London Tech Week has begun as tech firms meet to show off their products, and collaborate on new ideas. We speak with Theo Blackwell, London's Chief Digital Officer at the event about AI - you can hear the full interview with him on The Leader from 4pm.

Plus: Microsoft showcases new games coming to Xbox, how stars experience their own ‘quakes’, why humans are smarter eaters than first thought, the study aiming to improve tests for antibiotic resistance, and why primates are getting their own Netflix.

In this episode:

  • Google engineer put on leave after claiming chatbot can express thoughts and feelings
  • London Tech Week begins
  • Xbox & Bethesda Game Showcase unpacked
  • New data reveals stars experience ‘quakes’ like on Earth
  • Why humans are smarter eaters than previously thought
  • Study aims to improve tests to predict antibiotic resistance
  • Study explores animals’ reaction to ‘primate version’ of Spotify and Netflix

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