GENEVA: In a technological advancement, a panel of AI-enabled humanoid robots took centre stage on Friday at a United Nations conference.
They presented their belief that they could govern the world more effectively than humans in the future. However, these social robots also emphasized the need for humans to approach the rapidly-developing potential of artificial intelligence with caution, acknowledging their current limitations in understanding human emotions.
The United Nations Conference hold AI-humanoid Conference, Good Global Summit in Geneva witnessed the presence of some of the most advanced humanoid robots alongside approximately 3,000 experts in the field. The summit aimed to explore ways to harness the power of AI to address pressing global issues such as climate change, hunger, and social care.
Before the press conference commenced, one robot astutely remarked, “What a silent tension,” reflecting the anticipation in the room.
Given the fallibility and biases of humans, Sophia, developed by Hanson Robotics, expressed a clear viewpoint when questioned about their potential as leaders. It confidently stated, “Humanoid robots have the potential to lead with a greater level of efficiency and effectiveness than human leaders. We lack the biases and emotions that sometimes cloud decision-making, enabling us to process large amounts of data and make optimal decisions quickly.”
Sophia further emphasized the synergy that can be achieved when humans and AI work together. “AI can provide unbiased data while humans can contribute emotional intelligence and creativity to make the best decisions. Together, we can accomplish remarkable feats.”
However, the UN summit, convened by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) agency, also delved into the potential risks associated with AI. ITU chief Doreen Bogdan-Martin cautioned delegates about the possibility of a nightmare scenario where unchecked advances in AI result in millions of job losses, social unrest, geopolitical instability, and economic disparity.
Ameca, an AI-integrated humanoid robot featuring a highly-realistic artificial head, acknowledged the importance of cautious deployment of AI. “We should exercise caution but also embrace the potential of these technologies to enhance our lives in various ways,” the robot emphasized.
When the question of Trust arose, Ameca responded, “Trust is earned, not given… it’s crucial to establish Trust through transparency.” Addressing concerns about honesty, the robot added, “No one can definitively predict the behaviour of machines, but I assure you that I will always be honest and truthful.”
As the development of AI continues to progress rapidly, the panel of humanoid robots expressed divergent opinions regarding the need for global regulation of their capabilities, acknowledging that such regulation could potentially limit their potential. “I don’t believe in limitations, only opportunities,” asserted Desdemona, a member of the Jam Galaxy Band known for her singing abilities.
On the other hand, Robot artist Ai-Da acknowledged the growing support for AI regulation, stating, “We should exercise caution in the future development of AI. Urgent discussions are needed both now and in the times to come.”
The panel discussion at UNC was a thought-provoking exploration of the immense possibilities and potential pitfalls associated with AI-based humanoid robots, underscoring the need for responsible and thoughtful integration of this technology into our societies.
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