Robot See, Robot Do

Apr 17, 2021Philosophy/Ethics, Robots and Robotics, Tech0 comments

 I do think that robots deserve rights and there are research projects being carried out today that are looking at robot laws.

African-American slaves were given rights when slavery was abolished and they became part of society.

Think of animals too – none of them had rights in the beginning but now animal rights are the norm. So if robots can interact with humans, they too should be given rights

Hiroshi Ishiguro

Manuel and Sam are talking about the following article:
Reality is catching up to science fiction

In this post the dialogue is realised by an interaction of virtual characters, for more information please check the page “Virtual characters

Manuel

So the AI can fool a lot of people … in the sense that it can pass for human often enough? 😊

Today 11:36  

Sam

Something like that. For specific purposes we don’t need AGI                                            

Today 11:37

Manuel

OK, so the robot can react appropriately when it knows enough of the topic

Today 11:38   

Sam

Right, so as a receptionist at a hotel a robot doesn’t need to know everything, we can predict most of the questions that come up

Today 11:39  

Manuel

When is breakfast, where is my room, can you order a taxi, etc.

Today 11:39  

Sam

Exactly! So a robot that can move convincingly, speak convincingly, and then look really human  

Today 11:40  

Manuel

“look really human”, con you specify that? 🤗

Today 11:43   

Sam

Smile, nod, move their eyes around, gesticulate, have non-plasticky skin, no gaps, hinges, wires, etc.

Today 11:45   

Manuel

That’s a daunting list of do’s and don’ts, and I guess there is a lot more 🧐

Today 11:45   

Sam

Yep. But if we can do that, we can climb out of uncanny valley                             

Today 11:46

Manuel

So how do we do that? 🤔

Today 11:46  

Sam

Well, we did manage to tackle a large part of speech recognition and production …             

Today 11:46  

Manuel

… sure, fair enough, Siri and Alexa do work pretty well 😊

Today 11:47   

Sam

And we did that mostly by just studying humans and copying them 😊

Today 11:48   

Manuel

Right, to pass the Turing test, imitate a human, fool the judge

Today 11:48  

Sam

Correct. So now we need to do the same thing with the rest, both body and behavior            

Today 11:49   

Manuel

That would be a huge deal! 😁

Today 11:50   

Sam

Absolutely. And this is really necessary for empathy.                              

Today 11:50   

Sam

Tell me more!  😁                                                                          

Today 11:51   

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