publication date: Monday, July 25, 2022 (part of Summer 2022)

category: Controversy

clue: This engineer went from "Terminator" to terminated in a debate over the eleventh Greek letter.

explanation: Lemoine, a computer scientist working for Google, made headlines in June 2022 when he claimed that LaMDA, the company's advanced chatbot, had passed tests for sentience, raising concerns about artificial intelligence. The company objected to this assertion (along with A.I. experts), and he was fired in July 2022. more…

intended difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, and Richard Slominsky


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