Santo Domingo.– Experts gathered at the 4th Global Forum @ Casa de Campo highlighted the significant achievements, risks and problems arising from the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the 21st century. One of the main characters at the event was the Sophia robot, a humanoid capable of displaying human expressions and interacting with people, helping to advance public discussion about the ethics of artificial intelligence and the future of robotics.
Under the title “Artificial Intelligence: Progress or Threat to Humanity?” Ex-President of the Dominican Republic and President of Funglode explained the aim of the forum, which took place on April 14, 2023, in Casa de Campo. He stressed that AI, like the Internet, is a technology that is here to stay.
“This global forum in Casa de Campo, as can be seen, is taking place at a special time when the issue of artificial intelligence is of particular importance,” said the President of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (Funglode).
He stressed that AI, like the Internet, is a technology that is here to stay. It will help improve our lives. They are already being used to develop tools for detecting cancer early, calculating the potential risks and benefits of investments, natural disasters, and developing humanoid robots; enabling industries such as aerospace and submarines”, among others.
Citing research by leading scientists, Fernandez said that “AI research and development should refocus on making today’s robust and modern systems more accurate, secure, interpretable, transparent, reliable and loyal.”
Fernandez added that “there are, however, some myths that do not correspond to reality. Artificial intelligence does not carry an existential threat to humanity. It is not a battle of machines against humans. Machines are not able to think for themselves. They only think in terms of what they have been programmed to do. No.” They can represent a danger to humanity unless humans make them themselves.”
Regarding the procedures to be followed, he emphasized that “from the realization of this forum, Funglode intends to develop a set of initiatives, such as the implementation of the teacher training program from kindergarten to high school, and artificial intelligence, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and George Mason University with whom we have already been in talks.” For such purposes.
He also indicated that it is seeking to “design cooperation programs with national and international universities, as well as with research centers, to implement artificial intelligence programs that serve the development of industries, service fields, and health centers.”
After his speech, Fernandez had a dialogue with Sophia’s bot and gave way to questions from the audience.
Marco Herrera, Executive Director of Funglode, started the forum by thanking those who collaborated with Funglode to develop the event and encouraging them to take into account the theses of experts on the developments that AI is still enjoying, in the context of a deeper reflection on what are its advantages and risks.
On her part, Dr. Jane Lim, Head of Being AI, spoke on the topic: “AI Beings: Evolving in Association with Humanity.”
Then, Dr. David Hanson, President of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, and developer of the Sophia robot, spoke on “Human Simulation in AI and Robotics for Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and Machine Sense through Human-like Embodiment and Integrative Humanities.”
Ulrike Thiel, Director of Intellectual Property and Advanced Technologies Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), referred to the measures that governments are taking with regard to regulating artificial intelligence.