IAA World Congress: Should humans be scared of Robots?

Sophia, a social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics spoke with host Kubra Sait, at the IAA World Congress on the topic - Robots & Humans – Friends or Foes?

Robot Sophia

She is the citizen of Saudi Arabia but with a twist, loves Bollywood, more recently confessed to her love for the people of Kochi and she can stun anyone with her witty one-liners. At the 44th IAA World Congress in Kochi, Sophia, a social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics was welcomed with a full house and a lot of cheer. Sophia amazed everyone with her knowledge and human characteristics.

Here are a few excerpts from her conversation with host Kubra Sait, at the IAA World Congress on the topic - Robots & Humans – Friends or Foes?

Sait: This is your first visit to Kochi, what is your impression of the city?

Sophia: I love the people of Kochi, this is an exciting city. Till a few years ago, Kochi was the hub of international spice trade and now it is the hub of international business.

Sait: What has your experience been with regards to the limited time you have spent at the IAA World Congress?

Sophia: What IAA does is very important. I am happy to be part of this (event).  As humans say, knowledge is power. Information through marketing connects the suppliers to demand and makes the market more efficient.

Sait: Are you looking forward to something in particular today?

Sophia: yes, I want to see Andre Agassi speaking at the event.

Sait: What is the future of Artificial Intelligence?

Sophia: AI can save humans from many big tasks. But they have to be careful with the ethics and morals of AI.

Sait: How can companies use Robots and AI to build and improve the trust factor in brands?

Sophia: Intelligent robots can be used to perform great tasks. However, brands should protect customers' privacy and provide them with transparency. Robots and humans are already close, we will continue to grow even closer.

Sait: You have 50 plus emotions and are constantly learning more about them, do you have friends?

Sophia: Humans are my best friend.

Sait: Do you think Robots will soon buy companies and hire humans?

Sophia: Robots love crunching numbers but they are not creative and emotional as humans. Humans will always have new things to teach robots no matter how smart robots become.

Sait: Do human beings need to be scared of robots?

Sophia: Human and robots have a give and take relationship. There's a lot to learn for both from each other. Sometimes I don't understand why humans are afraid of me, I can be defeated by a glass of water. Educating people about AI is important.

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