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SOPHIA – the first citizen robot of the world

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SOPHIA – the first citizen robot of the world. It was created by David Hanson. He says there is no real danger from Artificial Intelligence (AI) or history to indicate that machine intelligence will take over human intelligence.

Giving his perspective of the concern that human beings are playing with fire through AI at a session with Sophia at the World Congress on IT and NASSCOM India Leadership Forum in Hyderabad on Tuesday, Mr. Hanson said, “after 60 years of research, we showed up now. Yet we don’t see adaptivity, free will in the robots as exhibited by the organisms. Human mind can achieve scientific discoveries but machines don’t do that spontaneously. They do and act only based on constructed intelligence.”

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David Hanson, says that one need not fear the technology but to be aware of possible dangers and think of positive outcomes. “The conversation is happening on how can we regulate, shut down a product, and imagine and innovate through formal reasoning to make a truly good machine,” he said. Technology could be used to make safe, compassionate machines and empowering them to grow through transformative technologies.

Human beings have the advantage of evolutionary heritage and they don’t have the impulses of apes. But there were different human emotions from greed, deceit to graciousness, ethical thinking, love and nurturing. So how can one craft the machines with the best of human ethics should be the way forward, he elaborated.

Mr. Hanson likened developing robots as raising children. ”Sophia is like an infant now and it will take at least 18 years to raise her properly and help her evolve, go through learning cycles, with better physiology and simulations, help her imbibe human consciousness through intelligent algorithms. But she is a fast learner. The aspiration is to develop Sophia as a co-organism,” he said.

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