Sophia, the social humanoid robot with artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Hanson Robotics of Hong Kong, will be a guest speaker at an international forum in Hanoi next month. The famous android will discuss and debate directly with the scholars on the matter and give some short speeches on the new issues of Industry 4.0, as well as challenges on development. The robot will attend the international exhibition of Industry 4.0 as well as forum on vision and strategy breakthrough in industrial revolution 4.0 forum on July 12 and 13. This year's forum marks the first collaboration between Central Economy Commission and the government. It will comprise five conferences that focus on specific topics like smart cities, smart manufacturing, high tech agriculture, innovative finance and banking.
When a robot tells you AI is going to help save the world, you have to wonder about bias. That's what happened at a day-long event at the UN called "The Future of Everything: sustainable development in the age of rapid technological change." UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed asked a robot named Sophia what can be done about the lack of access to crucial technology in many areas of the world. Sophia, which is made by Hanson Robotics, responded by quoting a famous line by William Gibson and suggesting AI could help ameliorate access disparities by finding ways to distribute resources more broadly. In her opening speech, Mohammed warned that if technological progress is not managed well, it risks exacerbating existing inequalities.