Advertisement

I watched two robots chat together on stage at a tech event

I watched two robots chat together on stage at a tech event
From TechCrunch - July 12, 2017

I got a glimpse into the future world of our robot overlords today. It was nervy at times.

I watched two robots go on stage at a tech event to debate the future of humanity with each other.

The robots in question are Sophia and Han, and they belong to Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based company that is developing and deploying artificial intelligence in humanoids. The duo took to the stage atRise in Hong Kongwith Hanson Robotics Chief ScientistBen Goertzel directing the banter.

The conversation, which was partially scripted, wasnt as slick as the human-to-human panels at the show, but it was certainly a sight to behold for the packed audience. Topics ranged from an early (and creepy) joke about taking over the world with a drone army, to ethics in robots and humans, robot job potential, and whether it is better to be rich or famous. There was even singing.

The event organizers claimed a world first for two robots talking on stage, and it isnt difficult to imagine that it could become a more common sight in the future.

Indeed, this is just the start of Hanson Robotics ambitious plans.

Advertisement

Continue reading at TechCrunch »