A group of robots told reporters in Switzerland on Friday that they could become more effective leaders than humans, among other claims.
Nine humanoid social robots with artificial intelligence capabilities also explained at the Geneva conference center that they will not take anyone’s job or start a rebellion.
Conference organizers of the United Nations-promoted Global Summit on Artificial Intelligence for Good did not specify the extent to which their responses were scripted or programmed.
Some robots are capable of generating pre-programmed responses, and Sophia, the UNDP’s first robotics innovation ambassador, sometimes relies on responses compiled by a team of writers at Hansen Robotics.
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“I believe that humanoid robots have the potential to lead with greater efficiency and effectiveness than human leaders,” Sophia said, according to Yahoo News. “We don’t have the same biases or emotions that sometimes influence decision-making and can Process large amounts of data quickly to make the best decisions.”
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Healthcare robot Grace and rock star robot Desdemona were also in attendance.
“I will join humanity in helping and supporting and will not replace any existing jobs,” Grace said.
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Journalists were asked to speak slowly and clearly when addressing the panel and were told that the lag in response times would be due to internet connections.
There are some audio issues and inconsistent responses.
The event aims to demonstrate how new technologies can support the intergovernmental organization’s Sustainable Development Goals and “Human-Machine Collaboration”.
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United Nations agencies are already using AI, including the World Food Program’s Hunger Mapping project.
The two-day summit, hosted by the International Telecommunication Union, opened on Thursday with more than 50 robots in attendance.
“We must engage and ensure a responsible future for artificial intelligence,” ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin said in a press release.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.