TRC #651: LaMDA Sentient? + Is Chlorine Smell From Pee? + ‘Reality+’ Overview

Le Gang is back together at last! We kick off with an interesting discussion about a claim that the Google LaMDA Chatbot has become sentient. Adam investigates whether the smell most people associate with chlorine is due to its reaction to pee. Darren rounds out the show with a look at David Chalmers’ book ‘Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy’, an analysis of our technological future.

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LaMDA Sentient?

LaMDA: our breakthrough conversation technology

Is Chlorine Smell From Pee? 

Pee in Pool Experiment – Facebook

Just How Much Pee Is In That Pool? – NPR

Draining reservoir after urination incident shows tenuous grasp of science – Arstechnica

‘Reality+’ Overview

Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy: Chalmers, David J: 9780393635805: Books – Amazon.ca

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