We were used to hearing that we'll be out of a job in twenty years, because of robots. Then the virus came, and now many are out of a job a bit faster, and not because of anything more intelligent or capable than themselves. Here are five currently existing robots that score pretty high on the creepiness scale, even without threatening to take away one's job. Sophia has somehow become the flagship of humanoid robotics. Constructed in Hong Kong, it has taken part in major TV talk shows and has been granted Saudi Arabian citizenship, although it is, essentially, not more than a "chatbot with a face" . What the citizenship thing really means is unclear: Can Sophia vote?
Hong Kong has a very special place in our hearts. It's the safest place on the planet, with beautiful local people who are shy and endearing, who harbor a fondness for taking pictures of their food, who believe in ghosts, who despise "those uncouth mainlanders", and who invent some strange cartoon characters – like McDull the pig and his friend Excreman that's literally a turd that crawled out of the toilet. If you're someone who noticeably speaks English, don't expect the Hong Kong police to ticket you for jaywalking. They're too shy about their English to approach you. Of course these are the same people who won't hesitate to tell you that you look fat when you return from holiday.
'Trust me, I'm a robot': Officials, UN agencies, NGO's, industry leaders, and AI experts have met in Geneva to discuss ethical, societal and policy issues related to AI. Picture: AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI Sophia smiles mischievously, bats her eyelids and tells a joke. Without the mess of cables that make up the back of her head, you could almost mistake her for a human. The humanoid robot, created by Hanson robotics, is the main attraction at a UN-hosted conference in Geneva this week on how artificial intelligence can be used to benefit humanity. The event comes as concerns grow that rapid advances in such technologies could spin out of human control and become detrimental to society. "Sophia" is an artificially intelligent (AI) human-like robot developed by Hong Kong-based humanoid robotics company Hanson Robotics.