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SXSW Interactive 2016

The Holy Grail: Machine Learning+Extreme Robotics

Join David Hanson, visionary inventor and founder of Hanson Robotics; Jim Karkanias, Microsoft Executive and head of Applied Research and Technology; and "Sophia", Hanson Robotics' state-of-the-art, most humanlike, female robot for an interactive conversation on the reality of advanced robotics, machine learning and cognitive sciences.

Interact with Sophia as "She" spontaneously tracks human faces, listens to speech and generates a natural language response while participating in dialogue about the potential of genius machines.

Moderated Eric Shuss, founder of Cogbots, cloud-based intelligent robots for home entertainment.

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  1. What is the current state of robotics & strong AI? Will we solve the intelligence question? Who is Sophia and will she [robots] ever pass as human?
  2. Is the Turing Test obsolete? How will we identify/verify machine sentience? Once aware how do our interactions/exploitation/responsibilities change?
  3. Are they Tools or People? How does society prepare for the influx of genius machines & what ethical policies need to in place for that inevitability?



Celia Black, Founder, Brink Institute

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