Last week, a United Nations technology agency assembled a group of robots at a news conference. The hope was that by having robots that resemble humans, it would help to spark a discussion about the future of AI. During the event, the agency invited reports to ask the robots questions.
In total, there were nine robots. They were seated and posed upright along with a few humans who were there to help each robot make it to the podium to speak. At the Geneva conference center, in what the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union billed as the very first news concerning featuring humanoid social robots.
The event organizers, which were part of the AI for Good Global Summit, were supposed to showcase the capabilities of robotics. They also wanted to display some limitations associated with the technology. Overall, the goal was to help show how technologies such as robotics and Ai could be used to help the U.N.’s sustainable development goals.
Part of the media event featured introductions from the robot’s companions or creators and a round of questions directed to the robots from reporters in attendance. During the event. The robots gave some interesting statements. Statements such as how they could be more efficient leaders than humans.
Though they did assure attendance that they weren’t looking to take jobs or rebel against humanity. The point of the event according to organizers was to showcase “human-machine collaboration,”. To speak with the robots, reporters were asked to speak slowly and expect a bit of lag when it came to responses.
This was not due to the robots themselves, but the on-site internet connection. The intersection between robots and AI has been growing for some time. Last year, due to growing concerns, firms such as Boston Dynamics and other leaders in robots promised not to develop weapon technology for robotics.
And earlier this year, there has been movement toward robotics possibly revolutionizing agriculture in the future, possibility assisting with feeding the planet’s growing population while being careful with the environment. Then there’s Phoenix, a humanoid robot that is powered by AI to showcase impressive movement.
As AI continues to advance, the question becomes how much will robotics advance with it.
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