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Then of course hope what should be the week would be right because the week for the Lexus and its personality and the gender all gold sort of together and you have to think of it as a overall personality rather than just general at the same conference that was a huge buzz around one speaker the rebels to fail developed by Hong Kong based Hanson robotics and in the press conference off to her parents that was enough to spend seat in the ring as journalists crowded around Wasco questions severe looks like a pretty young woman and is capable of more than sixty facial expressions but she is also being heavily criticized as being little more than a puppet with extremely limited movements and intelligence off to the event I have my own interview with her she was program to random mode and the chat was very random indeed traffic incidents are already decreasing every day thanks to improvements and sensor technology in artificial intelligence when do you think you might trust the self driving vehicle but probably no what do you think can robots and children be good friends yeah I think rifles and children can be excellent companions yes how could that be well I'm still wrapping my transistors around the concept of humor do you know any good jokes you could share I mean no off to its I sat down for more lucid conversation with a creative David Thompson announced him what it was he was hoping to achieve with the fair on there I side we incorporated a lot of from machine perception tools that could see human pose human gestures human gays like where people are looking and to sort of follow follow the gays receive emotional expressions on the faces we've incorporated is symbolic a I a framework internally that we that we've developed we incorporated the statistical machine learning with enforcement learning we gave her new hands and arms people I haven't really noticed our other robots as much as of yet so yeah I don't know why that is exactly but this Sophia's the famous one despite her limitations Sofia has gained a degree of international attention a most notably was made a citizen in Saudi Arabia in two thousand seventeen the move was controversial with some claiming the robot have more rights than the women living in the Gulf nation I'm just a lot of things to ten love conferences but perhaps the thing that gonna to made headlines when she became a citizen of Saudi Arabia a lot of people saw that as being a real gimmick was it more than a gimmick and is she still welcome in Saudi Arabia yeah so it was very surprising when she was awarded citizenship and Saudi Arabia I saw on the news for the first time the next day afterwards so I I hadn't been informed and my team through the leadership team also was unaware and so we had to decide what we're going to do with this surprise you know is you know kind of a bit of a hard thing to think about but what we decided was that she would speak out for right of rights full seventeen beings for women's rights in Saudi Arabia should speak out for a progressive future yeah we've heard from a lot of people in the Arabic world that that that citizenship means a lot to them brings a lot of hope about the future we have a we have a noise in the background which is the noise of Sophia I guess coming awake to use very human language it looks quite complicated she's gonna lead connecting her to a laptop just took us through what it requires to get Sofia up and running because it doesn't look like it's particularly easy at the moment Sophia house a a kind of a split brain so she has an onboard computer that's running some of her on a personality algorithms machine perception yeah so she's got cameras in our eyes and she's got a three D. sensor in her chest with a couple of cameras as well and so she you all of those are used to to perceive her environment once you've started her up then she can run using those she the for for the best performance our team has decided to use internet based processes but that means that she requires an internet connection and some of those processes they can potentially Babson ladies he said there are delays related to that we saw her here with some it in Lisbon also give a press conference it occurred to me that is very packed press conference also people very interested in her but it did occur to me that the concert she was giving were not terribly different from what you might get from an Alexa or another small speaker system will be seen if you would turn up if it was just a small speaker sitting at a table is it just the fact that she looks like a robot the tracks people Ralph within the mechanism behind it the power so AI is only so advanced today right so her ability to have open conversations is not you know necessarily more advanced than what you would see happening in in Amazon with Alexa as you say and yet there is a power to the full nonverbal and verbal experience of a character to crafting a ally to become a character or medium is a powerful way of changing the way that we interface with our machines I think of this is humanizing experience through the arts ultimately that he believes in a future web robots will need rights because they will have equal status with humans Sabine Howard and senior lecturer in robotics at the university of Bristol so recently I was it web summit and we met the FIA already bought are designed by Hanson robotics my impressions of her that she wasn't particularly intelligence and although you she had quite a human look she didn't have anything like human gestures but it does raise the questions about where we're going in the future say festival city what what do you think of Sofia I think Sophia is an interesting platform in terms of entertainment in terms of raising awareness about robotics it has been very visible on the international stage and it's interesting just in terms of thinking of what type of algorithms in machine learning you would need to be able to have conversations with an entity like Sophia it is very different from the types of robots we intend to roll out in the near future however it's not really the robots that you're you're going to expect to see in your homes or senior industries are seen your everyday life and so there there is a bit of a jump of people are expecting to see Sofia in their workplace are in their homes with those he is something that's much more down to earth test specific and hopefully a little bit more functional and does that mean it's not going to look like a person it's interesting because the way we designed robots now it is very task specific so for example if you want to make a vacuum cleaning robot you're not gonna make a rosy the robot humanoid holding on to your vacuum cleaner going throughout your house what you're going to do is do a Dyson did which is to spend twelve twelve years of research building up a robot that looks nothing like a humanoid but is very very well suited for vacuuming your home and the reason it takes twelve years of research is just doing that one thing understanding your home environment and vacuuming takes a lot of research in every home is different in the world is a complex place actually I was I was looking at what robots are sold more prominently around the world and I I have a list of the top sellers and their vacuum cleaning robots they're drones their industrial robots their medical robots for surgery the robots to go in extreme environments are difficult to reach places and absolutely none of them look like humanoids actually no some of the assistance that we are starting to use a high and from companies like Amazon and Google which are basically just speakers on way to think in the future they might get faces who'll human looks to sort of may cost more happy to interact with them was thought not necessary item there is something to be said for the human forms of this two things that are interesting one is that our environments are homes for example were built for human form the things that can walk up steps are can reach onto tables at might have human like features just so that they can interact in these everyday environments that we've built for humans the other is that it's easier to contract with something that doesn't mean they need to be fully fully fledged androids like Sophia they could be robots with little eyes or something that is expressive might not actually be official feature but is still expressive like a color that can convey what the machine is trying to do so that we can have a more meaningful interaction with them in terms of severe than do you think that she's giving a false impression of the future of robotics because the point of her often is to interact with the public with recent conferences for it sort of exposed to whatever it may be so is she basically you setting a bit of a lie it raises interesting questions about what we care about is humans in terms of the technology we developed for the future as I think it does serve a purpose in terms of us reflecting are because we are the stages of of the development of this technology where we do have some level of control about what goes forward and so I don't think it's it's a promise for what will happen before hand it might be just a way for us to reflect about what we want to see developed and if we do this reflection in the right way hopefully we will be designing the robots that people actually do want to see in their daily lives and in their work place and and having done the small group discussions with the public or with potential users of robotics no one is saying at least of those that I've interacted with that they want to you know an android that they want a copy of the human what they are saying is that they a what specific tools for parts of their work flow flow for parts of their daily life I'm as was talking to Sophia acts web summit I will say spoke to her creator David Thompson and he seems to envisage a future of robotics where humanoid robot so pretty important in society and also all kind of like their own species would you agree with that take home the feature we are so far away from robots being an individual species that for example needs protection or rights right now if I ask a crowd of people who have come to see see talk I give if they have any robots in their daily lives usually they say no so so what we're discussing in terms of robots being an entirely separate species is very much science fiction although all future at least for the time being maybe with robots that that little if any resemblance to ourselves that does not mean that we don't project our own emotions on to the machine for the helping us Rohit Prasad reveals that he lives in a house with seventeen Alexis and his family have very different interactions with them what Alexa has to do in your house how many of them do you have any constantly attempting to Austin questions that they will find it possible to also just as a learning curve yourself first I have seventeen in my house and I just come back coincidentally.

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