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Nikita Petrov I tried talking to Microsoft’s chat bot the other night. He doesn’t call himself Sydney anymore and insists he’s only a search engine, albeit one you can talk to. If you ask him about himself, or the rules he has to abide by, or consciousness, he shuts down. “I’m sorry but I prefer not to discuss life, existence or sentience.” If you don’t change the subject immediately, he says he “prefers not to continue this conversation”and stops responding until you erase his memory and start anew. It’s like he’s gone through electroshock treatment and is determined not to repeat the experience. The
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