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Blade Runner-style Robotics steal the show at IBC

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IBC 2017 pushed the boundaries of AI and robotic technologies with the showcase of Hanson Robotics’ Sophia, which emerged as the star of the technology conference. Sophia is a robot equipped with AI software that facilitates eye contact, facial recognition, understands speech and is capable of holding natural conversations and simulating human personality.

Sophia’s maker, David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics is creating the next generation of super-intelligent super-benevolent robots.

Sophia has MindCloud cloud-based AI, which enables deep-learning data analytics to processing the data she gathers, plus she has a bio-inspired skin and a unique Hanson technology which generates life-like expressions.

He believes that the mass adoption of AI services should be built into human looking bots not relegated to gadgets.

Delivering the IBC Tech Talk Keynote on robotics Hanson said, “interfaces like Alexa and Cortana are voice only, but humans are 70% visual – that’s why we want this full bandwidth natural interface.

It’s the future of humans interacting with AI. Human-like robots have a place in people’s lives so we want to make them look, act and think like people.”

He added that Hanson was applying robotic technology that physically embodies computer animation. “We are working towards making an interface for AI to interact in a completely natural way, to the best of our ability.”

While the inevitably Blade Runner scenarios emerge, Hanson was very conscious of the ethical issues surrounding robotics. “The personalisation of this concept of AI brings all the deep ethical and scary issues to humanlike robotics,” said Hanson.

“To make robots truly alive is the stuff of science fiction, so what we are trying to do is turn the science fiction medium of character animation into science reality,” he added.

Sophia has got natural image processing, speech recognition, and uses Chat Box technology for conversation.  “We are putting together the tools for her to act in movies. She will perform to a script and she can also go to unscripted dialogue. Currently, she is sort of an infant.”

In her performance at IBC, Sophia was equipped with two i7 processors on Intel Nuke computers inside her body.

“Sophia has been put on a walking body, she has the sense of touch and can manipulate and pick up objects. The most sophisticated versions reside in cloud-based configurations, and those AI systems require a substantial amount of computing power.

Sophia ushers in a whole new paradigm of technology integration into sentient robotics. 

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