Lookups spiked 324% on June 13th, 2022
According to The New York Times:
Google placed an engineer on paid leave recently after dismissing his claim that its artificial intelligence is sentient, surfacing yet another fracas about the company’s most advanced technology.
Sentient means "able to feel, see, hear, smell, or taste."
Sentient comes from the Latin verb sentire, meaning "to perceive" or "to feel."
It is related to words like sense, sensation, sentimental, and sensual.
Sentient can be pronounced either \SEN-she-int\ or \SEN-tee-int\.
The field of artificial intelligence conducts research into the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers or the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior. The word sentient is often used to express the difference between what a computer is capable of accomplishing or imitating and the actual experience of a living organism.
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