HONG KONG: 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 (Jul 12). “Han the Robot” on stage at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong on Jul 12, 2017. (AFP Photo/Isaac Lawrence) 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. The machines are programmed to banter and learn from each other, and are trained to act like humans from movies and YouTube, said Chief scientist of Hanson Robotics,… Read full this story
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