Sophia the robot shines at the AI ​​Forum in the Dominican Republic

This content was published on Apr 14, 2023 – 19:55

Santo Domingo, April 14 (EFE). – Sofia the robot was the main protagonist of the global forum that on Friday in Casa de Campo (La Romana, eastern Dominican Republic) analyzes the developments and risks that artificial intelligence (AI) can pose.

At the conference organized by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (Funglode), this human from Hanson Robotics, which is able to show human expressions and interact with people, was an example of how artificial intelligence is a reality that opens up multiple horizons.

The head of Funglode, former Dominican Head of State Leonel Fernandez, said before a meeting of experts at an event held under the theme “Artificial Intelligence: Progress or Threat to Humanity?”.

Fernandez’s response to this question was forceful: “Artificial intelligence does not carry an existential threat to humanity. It is not a struggle between machines against humans. Machines are not capable of thinking on their own. They think only in relation to what they are programmed to do. It cannot constitute dangerous to humanity unless humans themselves make it possible.”

On the contrary, Fernandez, who interacted with Sofia at the forum, highlighted that AI is already being used to “develop tools for early detection of cancer, calculate the potential risks and benefits of investments, natural disasters, develop humanoid robots and enable industries such as space and submarine.” , among other aspects.

In his view, “AI research and development should be refocused on making today’s robust and modern systems more accurate, secure, interpretable, transparent, reliable and loyal.”

Since artificial intelligence is already becoming a reality and is also the future, he announced that Funglode wants to develop various initiatives, such as a training program for teachers from kindergarten (kindergarten) to high school, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and George Mason University, which are already in talks.

In addition, they intend to design cooperation plans with national and international universities and with research centers for the application of artificial intelligence programs that serve the development of industries, service areas and health centers, explained the head of Funglode, a private non-profit organization. For studies and training in the social, political, economic, democratic and international fields.

In Part 1 of the 4th Global Forum @ Casa de Campo, David Hanson, President of Hanson Robotics, among others, spoke on the topic “Human Simulation in AI and Robotics for Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and Machine Sense” through human-like embodiment and integrative humanities.”

For her part, the Director of Intellectual Property and the Department of Advanced Technologies at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Ulrike Thiel, spoke about the measures taken by governments to regulate artificial intelligence.

At the hybrid-formatted event that Sophia participated in to promote debate on the ethics of AI and the future of robotics, experts address public policies in the face of AI, and the risks and opportunities that this means for AI. Regions, cities or the importance of cybersecurity, among others.

The relationships between AI and the world of work and the interaction of AI with humans in business, banking or journalism also figure prominently. EFE



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