Last month, Sophia AI Robot was unveiled and given A Saudi Arabian Citizenship. The robot has become a media star, delivers talk shows, speeches, and is gracing magazine covers. Experts have pointed that its software updates make the bot just a few steps from human-level consciousness. Though unveiling the bot in Saudi Arabia has received a lot of resistance, there is no doubt that we are in the era of AGI.
Welcome to the world of artificial general intelligence (AGI)
Though Ben Goertzel, the Chief Scientist at Hanson Robotics, argues that Sophia AI 2017 cannot be considered an ideal application of general artificial intelligence (the human-equivalent intelligence), there is no doubt we are already there. While it was initially considered a tall order to think of human-level artificial intelligence, Hanson robotics Sophia has pioneered that era.
Sophia-bot has annoyed a lot of experts. But it is considered the best way to convey a unique message to the audience. Hanson has embedded probabilistic logic to reason chain inference tree in the logic engine. To explain this message, Hanson uses Sophia-bot that shouts AGI is possible, and it is already here.
Sophia the bot uses face tracking technology, emotion recognition as well as robotic movements from its deep neural networks. Its dialogue is generated from simple decision tree such as the one applied in chat-bots. It is because of these simple technologies that Hanson insists that we are not yet AGI. But we are headed there.
Notably, Hanson targets more with Sophia the robot. While Bots were only associated with big tech firms in the past, Hanson wants more people to appreciate the progress and embrace it. This is a great way of preparing people psychologically about what might be on the way. With every big magazine fighting for an interview with Sophia, more people can now understand that artificial intelligence ultimately here with us.
The ethics giving Sophia bot citizenship
In what appears to be a well-calculated move, Sophia the bot was unveiled in a high profile and tech funded conference in Saudi Arabia. This has attracted a lot of criticism from all corners. Top academics like Bryson argue that giving robots right is like degrading the real human beings. But Hanson refutes this assertion and explains that Saudi Arabia simply demonstrates its commitment to being progressive.
Other people have pointed at the sharp contrast of robot rights robot citizen in the country’s human rights. It is only recently that Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive. But Hanson sees it differently. Goertzel argues that giving Sophia citizenship demonstrates the recent progress in the country’s human rights as opposed to decreasing.
One argument that Hanson Robotics has to deal with now and then is the feeling of being able to buy a Robot with full citizenship. The target is creating a debate that everyone can be involved in and take the notion of robotics to every economic sector. This has made it possible to diffuse the argument that robots are created to destroy humans. In one of the interviews, Sophia the robot explained that it wanted to help human beings live a better life.
The technological advances are all heading towards the better application of AI. From e-commerce to fin-tech, there is no doubt that newer version of bots such as Sophia ai are on the way. Even the critics are only flimsy in their argument. The discussion will soon be what AGI bots can do.