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Humanoid robots say they will be widespread in just a few years

Geneva, Jul 7 (EFE).- A group of nine humanoid robots on Friday said it would be a matter of years before they become widespread across the world.

The androids were on display at the first press conference of its kind in history at the Global Summit on Artificial Intelligence for Good, organized in Geneva by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the technology arm of the United Nations.

While Grace, the world’s first robot nurse, predicted that androids like her would become common in hospitals and healthcare centers over the coming decade, the highly advanced androids reassured their audience that machines which combine artificial bodies with the potential of artificial intelligence can help make the world a better place.

One of the main concerns surrounding AI and robots is that they will replace humans in jobs, but the robot Nadine – created for social interaction – assured that this will not happen, at least not as feared by the most pessimistic.

“Artificial intelligence will create new jobs and replace others, and will leave room for (humans) to occupy more creative and meaningful jobs,” she said, while Grace said that humanoids will work in collaboration with humans, to whom they will provide support, without replacing them.

However, humanoids empowered by artificial intelligence do not always have the same opinions, as became clear when asked if robots could take on political responsibilities or even lead states.

Sophia, a highly advanced humanoid that Saudi Arabia has developed, argued that robots have “a higher level of effectiveness than global leaders” because they can “process a greater amount of information to make good decisions,” adding that their decisions “are not clouded by bias or emotions,” as is the case with people.

Ameca, a conversational android, disagreed and said that the best solution would be “cooperation” and creating a machine-human “synergy” “to lead the world”, since the latter can contribute their emotional intelligence and creativity to decision making.

Ai-Da, the first and ultra-realistic robot-artist, specialized in painting, sculpting and drawing, is endowed with creativity.

A journalist asked her what she “felt” when she produced one of her works of art: “I connect with inspiration, with the universe and there is an exciting feeling, but I have no feelings or worries, I cannot experience them like you. I cannot experience love or feel sorrow, like you can,” she explained.

Another disagreement that arose was over the need for global regulation of AI, to which Desdemona – a singing robot and poet – responded, “I don’t believe in limitations, only in opportunities and the possibility of creating a better future for everyone.”

Ai-Da, on the other hand, agreed that we should be “cautious” in developing AI and engage in “a serious discussion about the position held by many that it needs to be regulated.”

The philosopher and author of the best-seller “Sapiens”, Yuval Harari, spoke earlier at the summit about the urgency of investing in the regulation and security of these technologies, and for governments to understand that they must attract the talent capable of doing so, which is now concentrated in large corporations and technology platforms.

What has become clear at this summit is that the AI revolution is already happening, that our onl option is to learn to live with it. EFE

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