A Google engineer has said that one of the company’s artificial intelligence systems might have its own feelings. Neil and Sian look at the vocabulary used in the headlines about this story.

Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:30 – Story
1:20 – Headline 1: The Washington Post – The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life
2:32 – Headline 2: AXIOS – Chatbot AI has a mind of its own, Google engineer claims
3:42 – Headline 3: The Guardian – Labelling Google’s LaMDA chatbot as sentient is fanciful. But it’s very human to be taken in by machines
5:00 – Language summary

Key words and phrases
come to life
become alive; become exciting

  • Sian’s party really came to life when Neil arrived.
  • It’s normally a boring little town, but it comes to life during the festival.

(have a) mind of its own
(is) hard to control

  • This trolley has a mind of its own – it only goes in one direction!
  • She’s got a mind of her own – she never takes advice from per parents.

taken in by
tricked by

  • Don’t get taken in by that email! They just want your money.
  • We were all taken in by the politician’s promises.

For a quiz and downloads, check out our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview-2022/unit-1/session-23

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