The Google engineer who sees company's AI as 'sentient' thinks a chatbot has a soul

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Blake Lemoine poses for a portrait in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Martin Klimek/ for The Washington Post via Getty Images

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Can artificial intelligence come alive?

That question is at the center of a debate raging in Silicon Valley after a Google computer scientist claimed over the weekend that the company’s AI appears to have consciousness.

Inside Google, engineer Blake Lemoine was tasked with a tricky job: Figure out if the company’s artificial

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