Has science GONE TOO FAR?
Chatbots like Google’s LaMDA or OpenAI’s ChatGPT are not sentient nor that intelligent. Nonetheless, boffins believe they can use these large language models to simulate human behavior inspired by one of the world’s most popular early computer games and some AI code.
The latest effort along these lines comes from six computer scientists – five from Stanford University and one from Google Research – Joon Sung Park, Joseph O’Brien, Carrie Cai, Meredith Ringel Morris, Percy Liang, and Michael Bernstein. The project looks a lot like an homage to the classic Maxis game The Sims, which debuted in 2000 and lives on at EA in various sequels.