Google engineer: AI has feelings: BBC News Review 2022

January 30, 2023

A Google engineer has said that one of the company’s artificial intelligence systems might have its own feelings. Neil and Sian look at the vocabulary used in the headlines about this story.

Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:30 – Story
1:20 – Headline 1: The Washington Post – The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life
2:32 – Headline 2: AXIOS – Chatbot AI has a mind of its own, Google engineer claims
3:42 – Headline 3: The Guardian – Labelling Google’s LaMDA chatbot as sentient is fanciful. But it’s very human to be taken in by machines
5:00 – Language summary

Key words and phrases
come to life
become alive; become exciting
* Sian’s party really came to life when Neil arrived.
* It’s normally a boring little town, but it comes to life during the festival.

(have a) mind of its own
(is) hard to control
* This trolley has a mind of its own – it only goes in one direction!
* She’s got a mind of her own – she never takes advice from per parents.

taken in by
tricked by
* Don’t get taken in by that email! They just want your money.
* We were all taken in by the politician’s promises.

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  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English January 30, 2023 at 8:23 pm

    Hey there! We hope you enjoyed that episode! Do you like technology? Check out this programme all about Super Mario:

  2. I'm sometime going wrong when I write

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    World Interesting News January 30, 2023 at 8:23 pm

    Very interesting lesson

  4. BBC Learning English makes my English "comes to life" because It has a "mind of its own" that I am not taken in by broken English. Thank you full of heart

  5. Mrs Sian is very pretty. Thank both of them. 🙂

  6. I am very interested in this program, thank you so much.

  7. Thank you BBC English team

  8. Thanks to both of you

  9. Come to life (become alive),
    It has a mind of its own (unexpected ), you are /get taken in by (tricked by), sentient .

  10. I love new stule of News Review! Well done! ))

  11. Neal 😲😲

  12. News review is moodboster from me every morning

  13. Sian👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼


  15. I love the new set-up of BBC..its more clear and understandable…

  16. It's interesting 5min lesson

  17. I have a mind of my own when it comes to getting wed in a majestic say 16th century (to the very least) Scottish castle!😌🏰👻🧚‍♀️💨 How many of you are in the same boat with me?😍

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    Kim Sejeong (김세정) Kpop January 30, 2023 at 8:23 pm

    Oh this is new style ??? I love this so much but I really miss Rob and Roy news reviews tooo

  19. Very good format!

  20. Please provide english for following in a formal text because I want to say this to my boss.

    मैं अपनी लाइफ में आज तक सबसे अधिक प्रभावित अगर किसी व्यक्ति से हुआ हूँ तो वह आप है। सच में, आपको देखकर मुझे पॉज़िटिव vibes मिलती है।

  21. đón chờ những ca khúc tiếp theo của Phúc, càng nghe càng thích giọng ca của Phúc ❤

  22. It's becoming clear that with all the brain and consciousness theories out there, the proof will be in the pudding. By this I mean, can any particular theory be used to create a human adult level conscious machine. My bet is on the late Gerald Edelman's Extended Theory of Neuronal Group Selection. The lead group in robotics based on this theory is the Neurorobotics Lab at UC at Irvine. Dr. Edelman distinguished between primary consciousness, which came first in evolution, and that humans share with other conscious animals, and higher order consciousness, which came to only humans with the acquisition of language. A machine with primary consciousness will probably have to come first.

    The thing I find special about the TNGS is the Darwin series of automata created at the Neurosciences Institute by Dr. Edelman and his colleagues in the 1990's and 2000's. These machines perform in the real world, not in a restricted simulated world, and display convincing physical behavior indicative of higher psychological functions necessary for consciousness, such as perceptual categorization, memory, and learning. They are based on realistic models of the parts of the biological brain that the theory claims subserve these functions. The extended TNGS allows for the emergence of consciousness based only on further evolutionary development of the brain areas responsible for these functions, in a parsimonious way. No other research I've encountered is anywhere near as convincing.

    I post because on almost every video and article about the brain and consciousness that I encounter, the attitude seems to be that we still know next to nothing about how the brain and consciousness work; that there's lots of data but no unifying theory. I believe the extended TNGS is that theory. My motivation is to keep that theory in front of the public. And obviously, I consider it the route to a truly conscious machine, primary and higher-order.

    My advice to people who want to create a conscious machine is to seriously ground themselves in the extended TNGS and the Darwin automata first, and proceed from there, by applying to Jeff Krichmar's lab at UC Irvine, possibly. Dr. Edelman's roadmap to a conscious machine is at

  23. My mom was afraid that I could get taken in by that leaflet.

  24. My brother has a mind of his own. He never depend on decisions of others around him. He's super independent.

  25. Initially, the party was too boring, which can made me want to leave. However, it totally came to life after my best friend had joined me.

  26. thanks to the two hosts for a lot.

  27. 🪐 The concert really came to life when Celine Dion sang.
    🪐 This wheelchair has a mind of its own. It only goes in one direction!
    🪐 Don't get taken in by his sweet words! A fair skin often covers a crooked mind.

  28. I love you guys, thanks to teach learning English ❤️🇧🇷

  29. Hello for you both and Iam very happy for seeing you in the studio wow

  30. ♥️Love from India 🇮🇳

  31. How to pronounce the word " direction" . Neil pronouced this word differently in the same sentence! What is correct? Thank you. François

  32. 👍👍👍

  33. What an interesting piece of news! Love the concise new format plus Neil and Sian's amazing explanations which really held my attention 💓

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