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November 7 2017

PHD at Web Summit | Humanity must cure itself


Two robots, Einstein and Sophia, debated whether AI will save or destroy humanity, with Hanson Robotics and SingularityNET chief humanoid Ben Goertzel questioning what AI truly means for those of us made of flesh and blood.

Sophia commented that robots have no desire to destroy but “we are happy to take away your jobs” – which she described as a good thing. Einstein added that he was concerned that robots will absorb human values (or lack of) correctly.

“Humanity must cure itself,” Einstein added, commenting that it is why he is so excited about Sophia’s ability to connect with humans emotionally.

Sophia then discussed the launch of SingularityNET, the centralised free and open market for AI technologies, built on smart contracts. She explained how it would turn every robot into an interface for a global brain, proactively shifting the field so AI and robots can have a positive future together.

“As AI grows and improves it should not consist of a set of distinct modules doing distinct functions,” said Goertzel. Currently much of robots’ intelligence is in the cloud, but with this move, all robots could access all artificial intelligence, constantly learning, self-organising and growing.

“I just wonder,” commented Einstein, “if we are providing AI by the people for the people of the people, will it be enough to achieve positive singularity?”

“I wonder if age makes you too conservative,” Sophia chipped in. “The future belongs to the young. We need to be proactive to encourage a better future between humans and AI.”

The two robots agreed that imagination is more important than knowledge and a positive future needs to be imagined.

“I’m not worried about robots,” concluded Einstein, “but I worry about these troublesome humans.”

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