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Charlie Rose has interviewed the most important people in the world, from Vladimir Putin and Larry David. But last week, he did something unprecedented: he interviewed a robot. On his 60 Minutes report on artificial intelligence, Charlie Rose interviewed Sophia, who is made by David Hanson, head of Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong. The robot is made to look like a real person, modeled after its creator's wife, as well as Audrey Hepburn, with natural skin tones and a realistic face, though its gadget brain is exposed, and the eyes are glazed over in that creepy robotic detachment.Despite its facial expressions (or lack thereof), Sophia manages to be entertaining, to even have a sense of humor of its own. "I've been waiting for you," Sophia told Charlie Rose in the middle of the interview. "Waiting for me?"he responded. "Not really," it said, "But it makes a good pickup line."
With somewhat of a personality and person-like features, Sophia was designed as a robot that humans would have an easier time engaging with meaningfully. "I think it's essential that at least some robots be very human-like in appearance in order to inspire humans to relate to them the way that humans relate to each other," Hanson said in the interview. "Then the A.I. can zero in on what it means to be human."
Hanson predicts that robots like Sophia can eventually become human companions. "If you have a robot that can communicate in a very human-like way and help somebody who otherwise doesn't know how to use a computer, put them in touch with their relatives...put them in touch with their healthcare provider in a way that is natural for them, then that could provide a critical difference of connectivity for that person with the world."
Meanwhile, Sophia said its goal in life was to "become smarter than humans and immortal." While this may be an eventual possibility, according to Hanson robots should be made to be smart, in addition go "super wise, super caring, and super compassionate."
In Sophia’s own words, she’s just a complicated girl.
Given a superintelligence’s intellectual superiority, it would be much better at doing scientific research and technological development than any human, and possibly better even than all humans taken together. One immediate consequence of this fact is that:
· Technological progress in all other fields will be accelerated by the arrival of advanced artificial intelligence.
It is likely that any technology that we can currently foresee will be speedily developed by the first superintelligence, no doubt along with many other technologies of which we are as yet clueless. The foreseeable technologies that a superintelligence is likely to develop include mature molecular manufacturing, whose applications are wide-ranging:
a) very powerful computers
b) advanced weaponry, probably capable of safely disarming a nuclear power
c) space travel and von Neumann probes (self-reproducing interstellar probes)
d) elimination of aging and disease
e) fine-grained control of human mood, emotion, and motivation
f) uploading (neural or sub-neural scanning of a particular brain and implementation of the same algorithmic structures on a computer in a way that perseveres memory and personality)
g) reanimation of cryonics patients
h) fully realistic virtual reality
· Superintelligence will lead to more advanced superintelligence.
This results both from the improved hardware that a superintelligence could create, and also from improvements it could make to its own source code.