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Silicon Valley CEOs usually focus on the positives when announcing their company's next big thing. In 2007, Apple's Steve Jobs lauded the first iPhone's "revolutionary user interface" and "breakthrough software." Google CEO Sundar Pichai took a different tack at his company's annual conference Wednesday when he announced a beta test of Google's "most advanced conversational AI yet." Pichai said the chatbot, known as LaMDA 2, can converse on any topic and had performed well in tests with Google employees. He announced a forthcoming app called AI Test Kitchen that will make the bot available for outsiders to try.

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Stephanie Condon is a senior staff writer for Red Ventures based in Portland, Oregon, covering business technology for ZDNet. Last year, Google unveiled LaMDA, an experimental natural language platform that's designed to engage in natural, free-flowing conversations. On Wednesday at Google I/O, the company showcased LaMDA 2. During the I/O keynote, Google CEO Sundar Pichai called it Google's "most advanced conversational AI yet." The tech giant is working on LaMDA and other models to improve Search, Google Assistant, and other tools. "We need people to experience the technology and provide feedback," Pichai said.

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Google LLC today announced some major breakthroughs in its artificial intelligence capabilities, including a new, next-generation conversational language model that creates far more realistic and interesting dialogue than anything it has come up with so far. Google's Language Model for Dialogue Applications was announced during its virtual I/O conference today, and displayed some huge leaps in AI language understanding too. LaMDA's skills were shown off in two separate conversations. In the first, LaMDA pretended to be the dwarf planet Pluto and answered questions on what people could expect to see if they visited. In the second, it played the role of a paper airplane, and discussed what it's like flying through the air and how to make a plane that travels farther.

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During the first of two Google I/O keynotes this week, Google announced LaMDA 2, the follow-up to an AI system, LaMDA, that the company introduced at Google I/O 2021. Short for Language Models for Dialog Applications, Google claims that LaMDA 2 can break down complex topics into straightforward, digestible explanations and steps as well as generate suggestions in response to questions. LaMDA 2, an AI system built for "dialogue applications," can understand millions of topics and generate "natural conversations" that never take the same path twice, Google says. Like most AI systems, LaMDA 2 learns how likely words are to occur in a body of text -- usually a sentence -- based on many, many examples of text. Examples come in the form of documents within training datasets, which contain terabytes to petabytes of data scraped from social media, Wikipedia, books, software hosting platforms like GitHub, and other sources on the public web.

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The Google engineer Blake Lemoine wasn't speaking for the company officially when he claimed that Google's chatbot LaMDA was sentient, but Lemoine's misconception shows the risks of designing systems in ways that convince humans they see real, independent intelligence in a program. If we believe that text-generating machines are sentient, what actions might we take based on the text they generate? It led Lemoine to leak secret transcripts from the program, resulting in his current suspension from the organisation. Google is decidedly leaning in to that kind of design, as seen in Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai's demo of that same chatbot at Google I/O in May 2021, where he prompted LaMDA to speak in the voice of Pluto and share some fun facts about the ex-planet. As Google plans to make this a core consumer-facing technology, the fact that one of its own engineers was fooled highlights the need for these systems to be transparent.