Well, there’s certainly still a lot of distance to cross in the territory of the uncanny valley. The following video is an interview with Sophia the robot at the Future Investment Initiative conference held in October of 2017 in Saudi Arabia. Sophia is interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin of CNBC. I can’t help but get the impression that Sophia’s (or should I say, Sophia’s programmer’s ) primary goal is to give responses that people want to hear. I also got the impression that the interview was loosely scripted giving in a very inauthentic feel (for as much as that can be attributed to our present level of robotics). All said, it’s still an interesting video because it lays open so many possibilities; some beneficial to humanity, some terribly unpleasant. It’s no longer a matter of if we should develop such technologies because I think it’s a matter of inevitability rather than possibility. The best we can do is make the discussion commonplace in order to develop the understanding needed to raise our non-biological offspring wisely.
This video can also be found here.
CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin interviews Sophia, a humanoid robot, about the future of artificial intelligence at a Future Investment Institute panel in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
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Interview With The Lifelike Hot Robot Named Sophia | CNBC