The robots are here. They speak, they smile, they move, and they are now taking pundit’s jobs in conferences and panels starting with the Blockchain Forum during the IoT Solutions World Congress to be held in Barcelona during October 4th.
Sophia, a humanoid robot, is to “discuss the exciting future for humanity promised by the convergence of emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and the Internet of Things.”
Yes, she will “discuss.” And no, we don’t really believe it either, but look at her in action during the Tonight Show. She looks very human in some ways and fairly creepy when turned off, but once she is turned on, Sophia comes to life and is even likable.
She smiles, and jokes, and recognizes such simple yet very complex things like whether she won or lost a rock, paper, scissors game. We can’t help but think there is a trick somewhere, but Hanson Robotics, which developed Sophia, say she is:
“An evolving genius machine. Her incredible human likeness, expressiveness, and remarkable story as an awakening robot Over time, her increasing intelligence and remarkable story will enchant the world and connect with people regardless of age, gender, and culture.”
Well, we’ll be very interested to hear what a literal robot has to say about blockchain technology. Although we very much doubt she can comprehend such complex topic and can’t help but think the developers will probably input whatever speech or whatever script.
Potentially making anything she says not really hers, with the game given away when she suggests domination of human race, quite a fear for humans, but unlikely to be comprehensible by robots.
So it is probable it is all scripted, but there is something to be said about the convergence of all these new technologies in this very 21st century which may be starting to bring forth a new futuristic world we were promised back in the 80s and 90s.