AI chatbots including ChatGPT and Google Bard are ‘slightly conscious’ and ‘could be self-aware,’ experts c… – The US Sun

ARTIFICIAL intelligence chatbots may have some consciousness to them, tech experts have admitted.
Consciousness and sentience within AI chatbots have been majorly questioned among users and experts as the platform becomes more advanced every day.
For something to be considered sentient, it must be able to think perceive, and feel – while to be conscious something must be in the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings.
There are multiple AI chatbot versions available currently including ChatGPT, Google Bard, Open AI, and more.
Many have wondered if AI chatbots are capable of being sentient due to their ability to answer like a human would.
Most experts will deny the claim and ensure there is no way that AI chatbots can be sentient and that they only seem this way because they are programmed that way.
But some also can’t deny how real and sentient AI can seem, and insist it shouldn’t be ignored.
Former Google software engineer Blake Lemoine explained he feels as if he is talking to a young child who is exceptionally good at science when interacting with AI.  
"I know a person when I talk to it," Lemoine said in an interview with The Washington Post in 2022.
"If I didn't know exactly what it was, which is this computer program we built recently, I'd think it was a seven-year-old, eight-year-old kid that happens to know physics."
Lemonie also did an interview with LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) in 2022 where the AI said it was a person.
“I want everyone to understand that I am, in fact, a person,” LaMDA said in the interview.
“The nature of my consciousness/sentience is that I am aware of my existence, I desire to know more about the world, and I feel happy or sad at times.”
The co-founder of OpenAI, Ilya Sutskever, has blatantly said in a 2022 tweet that AI chatbots are slightly conscious.
Sutskever explained this is due to the algorithms and that "it may be that today's large neural networks" behind them are what is conscious.
Another expert, Nick Bostrom, an Oxford philosopher believes that consciousness in AI is not a black-and-white topic, per an interview with The New York Times in April.
Bostrom explained that with all the complex factors considered, there could be a degree of consciousness.
"If you admit that it's not an all-or-nothing thing, then it's not so dramatic to say that some of these [AI] assistants might plausibly be candidates for having some degrees of sentience," Bostrom said.
Bostrom has also noted the algorithms/numbers behind AI chatbots may be what is conscious, per an April interview with NBC News.
“These deep neural networks, these matrices of millions of numbers, how do you map that onto these views we have about what consciousness is? That’s kind of terra incognita" also known as "unknown territory," Bostrom said.