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Creepy lifelike androids debate the future of humanity

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It was a spooky sight, two life-like disembodied robot torsos discussing the pros and cons of humans in front of a nervously laughing audience in Hong Kong. Artificial intelligence is the dominant theme at this year's sprawling Rise tech conference and the live robot exchange took the AI debate to another level. As part of a wide ranging conversation, the creepy pair offered some sinister thoughts when it came to the future of humanity. Two lifelike disembodied robot torsos have discussed the pros and cons of humans in front of a nervously laughing audience eat this year's sprawling Rise tech conference in Hong Kong. Two lifelike disembodied robot torsos have discussed the pros and cons of humans in front of a nervously laughing audience in Hong Kong.


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".


Jeffrey Epstein told a journalist he funded Sophia the robot, who he claimed would have 'more empathy than a woman'

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Jeffrey Epstein's tangled web leads down some surprising paths, including, he claimed, to Sophia the robot. The female robot styled after Audrey Hepburn made headlines in recent years for her eerily lifelike skin and appearance, complete with a diverse set of facial expressions, and the artificial intelligence she uses to spout off quotes like "OK. She also got in a Twitter fight with Chrissy Teigen. In a new essay detailing a journalist's friendship with Jeffrey Epstein over the past three decades, Edward Jay Epstein (the two are not related) says the wealthy financier told him in April 2013 that he was funding a Hong Kong group to build "the world's smartest robot," named Sophia. Sophia was built by Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong company created and led by David Hanson. In a statement shared with Business Insider, Hanson denied that Epstein ever directly contributed funding to either Sophia or Hanson Robotics. "With all of our software efforts, both inside Hanson Robotics, and via collaboration with universities and other institutions, we seek to further our mission to empower socially intelligent AI and robots that enrich the quality of human lives.


Inside the mechanical brain of the world's first robot citizen

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"You brought a friend with you here, and this is really freaking me out," the Tonight Show host tells David Hanson, CEO of Hanson Robotics, before inspecting the humanoid robot on stage. Sophia raises an eyebrow while looking out past the two men on stage. Hanson explains what Sophia does: It's a social robot that uses artificial intelligence to see people, understand conversation, and form relationships. "So she's basically alive; is that what you're saying?" Sophia says the Tonight Show is its favorite show and tells a corny joke. "I'm getting laughs," Sophia says, then suggests maybe it should host the show instead.