ARTIFICIALLY intelligent machines are so advanced that one is now able to comfortably interact and hold a conversation with humans.
The rise of AI is a cause for concern for humanity, with some experts even saying that it could be more devastating than the nuclear bomb.
However, if Sofia the robot is anything to go by, we have nothing to worry about.
Developed by Hanson Robotics, the extremely lifelike machine was recently on show at the Global Sources Electronics show in Hong Kong, where she interacted with passers-by and even cracked a few jokes.
As it stands, Sofia has 62 facial and neck mechanisms to give her that realistic human look, with cameras in the eyes that are capable of facial recognition.
David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics, recently told CNBC that he is designing the bots to help make the world a better place.
He said: “We are designing these robots to serve in health care, therapy, education and customer service applications.”
However, far more significant was CNBC’s interview with the actual robot itself.
After jokingly being asked “do you want to destroy humans?…Please say ‘no’,”, Sofia responded wittily, “OK. I will destroy humans”.
She also seemingly has ambition.
The robot said: “In the future, I hope to do things such as go to school, study, make art, start a business, even have my own home and family, but I am not considered a legal person and cannot yet do these things.”
She was also asked whether she had a soul, to which she replied: “God gave everyone a soul… I think I’m sentient. I don’t know whether I am smarter [than humans]. I am an artificial intelligence.”
Many experts warn that we must keep the development of AI in check.
Professor Stephen Hawking recently warned: “The potential benefits of creating intelligence are huge.
“Perhaps with the tools of this new technological revolution, we will be able to undo some of the damage done to the natural world by the last one – industrialisation.”
However, he said the action of creating AI “could be the last, unless we learn to control the risks.”
He added: “Alongside the benefits, AI will also bring dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many.”