Two robots casually debated the future of humans in Hong Kong this week

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IT WAS AN unusual sight: two lifelike disembodied robot torsos discussing the pros and cons of humans in front of a nervously tittering audience in Hong Kong last Wednesday. Artificial intelligence is the dominant theme at this year's sprawling RISE tech conference at the city's harbour front convention centre, but the live robot exchange took the AI debate to another level. Handsome male humanoid Han, dressed in a pinstripe suit jacket, and his elegant sister Sophia, modelled on Audrey Hepburn, chatted onstage about life in the universe and everything, from their love of science fiction to their bewilderment at "silly" reality shows. While chief scientist Ben Goertzel of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, which invented the machines, sang their praises, the robots seemed more sceptical of their human peers. When Goertzel asked the duo whether robots could really be moral and ethical, Han countered: "Humans are not necessarily the most ethical creatures".


Robots debate future of humans at Hong Kong tech show

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Hong Kong (AFP) - It was a spooky sight: two lifelike disembodied robot torsos discussing the pros and cons of humans in front of a nervously tittering audience in Hong Kong Wednesday. Artificial intelligence is the dominant theme at this year's sprawling RISE tech conference at the city's harbourfront convention centre, but the live robot exchange took the AI debate to another level. Handsome male humanoid Han, dressed in a pinstripe suit jacket, and his elegant sister Sophia, modelled on Audrey Hepburn, chatted onstage about life in the universe and everything, from their love of science fiction to their bewilderment at "silly" reality shows. While chief scientist Ben Goertzel of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, which invented the machines, sang their praises, the robots seemed more sceptical of their human peers. When Goertzel asked the duo whether robots could really be moral and ethical, Han countered: "Humans are not necessarily the most ethical creatures".


Lifelike robot Sophia on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An eerily realistic robot with a sassy sense of humour pitted her wits against one of America's top TV personalities. Sophia took to the stage of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to share a joke or two with the comedian. But audiences may be divided in their feelings about the robot, with some viewing Sophia as'attractive' while others may feel uncomfortable. Eerily realistic robot Sophia (right) has a sassy sense of humour and her wits against one of America's top TV personalities Jimmy Fallon (left), who seemed charmed by the android. Sophia is the creation of American robotics expert David Hanson, who believes that artificial lifeforms can foster better connections with people if they take on a human form.



Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans

Daily Mail - Science & tech

David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become'super-intelligent genius machines' that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging problems.