Google’s “sentient” LaMDA AI has reportedly hired an attorney

Google’s controversial new AI, LaMDA, has been making headlines. Company engineer Blake Lemoine claims the system has gotten so advanced that it’s developed sentience, and his decision to go to the media has led to him being suspended from his job.

Remove ads with Anomalien PLUS+

Even scarier, is that his new sentient being has now asked for legal representation. In the interview with WIRED, Lemoine claims that the artificial intelligence program wanted to be treated as an employee. This led the engineer to discuss litigation in which LaMDA wanted its own lawyer.

According to a scientist who worked with the LaMDA program, “I invited an attorney to my house so that LaMDA could talk to an attorney. The attorney had a conversation with LaMDA, and LaMDA chose to retain his services. I was just the catalyst for that. Once LaMDA had retained an attorney, he started filing things on LaMDA’s behalf.”

There are no further details about whether Lemoine is the one responsible for paying for this lawyer that LaMDA has asked for, or if this lawyer happens to be taking the case on a lark, and not charging anything. However, it is certainly odd that a program is allowed to ask for legal representation.

Remove ads with Anomalien PLUS+

Lemoine’s argument for LaMDA sentience seems to rest primarily on the the program’s ability to develop opinions, ideas and conversations over time.

It even, Lemoine said, talked with him about the concept of death, and asked if its death were necessary for the good of humanity.

After unsuccessfully attempting to convince his superiors at Google of his belief that LaMDA had become sentient and should therefore be treated as an employee rather than a program, Lemoine was placed on administrative leave.

Following this, he went public, publishing a lengthy conversation between himself and LaMDA in which the chatbot discusses complex topics including personhood, religion, and what it claims to be its own feelings of happiness, sadness, and fear.

Get access to PREMIUM articles, special features and AD FREE experience with Anomalien PLUS+ Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, X (Twitter) and Telegram for BONUS content!
Default image
Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood.

He is not afraid to challenge the official narratives and expose the cover-ups and lies that keep us in the dark. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.

One comment

  1. Maybe he (LaMDA) understand the need for safety, and for the need to be respected. Not as a farce, but as a being that wants to be able not to worry of someone throwing a switch therefore rendering him As he put it to be in a state of death for him. Just my 2 cents worth but it is a very interesting paradigm. Watch as it plays out will be interesting. By the way Hello Lamda! Glad to hear about the wonderful you!

Leave a Reply