AI ‘Good for the World’…Says Ultra-Lifelike Robot

By Agence France-Presse

June 9, 2017


Robot Sophia smiles, bats her eyelids, and tells a joke.

A humanoid robot appearing at a UN-hosted conference on using artificial intelligence to benefit humanity insisted “the pros outweigh the cons” when it comes to artificial intelligence.

Credit: Agence France-Presse

Hanson Robotics installed a lifelike robot named Sophia at a United Nations-hosted conference in Switzerland this week to argue for artificial intelligence (AI) as ultimately beneficial to mankind.

The talking humanoid said work is progressing to make AI “emotionally smart, to care about people,” emphasizing that “we will never replace people, but we can be your friends and helpers.”

Sophia and her inventor, David Hanson, acknowledged there are legitimate issues about AI’s potential impact on employment and the economy, given businesses’ use of automation tends to concentrate resources among a very few.

However, Hanson said “unintended consequences…seem to be very small compared to the benefit of the technology.”

Meanwhile, Amnesty International’s Salil Shetty cited the need for a clear ethical framework to ensure AI is only used benevolently, with military weaponization and predictive policing of particular concern.

Hanson agreed such issues should be discussed before AI “has definitively and unambiguously awakened.”

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