The ethics of human robots: Sam Jinks brings an artist’s perspective to the discourse

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A primary reason for this is aesthetic – someone will be making the skins for these robots and the inclusion of a sculptor avoids “clunkiness”, introduces subtlety, and helps to create a robot that could be mistaken for human, emerging on the other side of the uncanny valley.However, the inclusion of artists and other people from the creative and humanities fields in the AI discourse is vital for other reasons. The quest to create a robot that is indistinguishable from humans has become all-consuming for many scientists, engineers and technicians.In recent attempts to make robots that look human, such as Sophia, Han, Erica, and Jia Jia, the latest technology is able to capture micro-movements of the face including blinks and frowns. While this is an interesting intellectual exercise, there will be profound implications when we can no longer distinguish between robot and human. The consequences could potentially be both beneficial and catastrophic.

Source: The ethics of human robots: Sam Jinks brings an artist’s perspective to the discourse

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Julesburg takes first in ‘crossfire’ firefighting robotic challenge – Journal Advocate

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Peetz School dominated at this year’s firefighting-themed Golden Plains BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics Challenge, held Saturday at Northeastern Junior College. While the school was beat out by Julesburg for first place, they did manage to snag the second through fourth place spots.

Source: Julesburg takes first in ‘crossfire’ firefighting robotic challenge – Journal Advocate

An AI professor explains: three concerns about granting citizenship to robot Sophia

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As a citizen, will Sophia, the humanoid emotional robot, be allowed to “marry” or “breed” if Sophia chooses to? Students from North Dakota State University have taken steps to create a robot that self-replicates using 3D printing technologies.If more robots join Sophia as citizens of the world, perhaps they too could claim their rights to self-replicate into other robots. These robots would also become citizens. With no resource constraints on how many children each of these robots could have, they could easily exceed the human population of a nation.As voting citizens, these robots could create societal change. Laws might change, and suddenly humans could find themselves in a place they hadn’t imagined.

Source: An AI professor explains: three concerns about granting citizenship to robot Sophia

US robots maker Wonder Workshop raises $41m from Tencent, SoftBank Korea, others

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The startup had previously raised $15.9 million in external financing since its inception in 2012.Formerly known as Play-i, Wonder Workshop is an education and robotics startup based in Silicon Valley in the United States. The firm introduced the robots Bo and Yana for kids age 6 and up in November 2013, before renaming them to Dash and Dot in 2014.Dash and Dot are robots targeted at teaching creative problem-solving and computational thinking.

Source: US robots maker Wonder Workshop raises $41m from Tencent, SoftBank Korea, others

Robot tells human: You’ve watched too many Hollywood movies – Israel National News

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Regarding whether robots are self-aware, Robot asked “how do you know you are human?”When journalist and interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin expressed concern over whether robots are safe and trustworthy, Robot told him he has “been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood videos.” It also said he should not worry, since “if you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you.””Treat me as a smart input-output system,” Robot asked.

Source: Robot tells human: You’ve watched too many Hollywood movies – Israel National News

Using this robot gives you monstrously powerful mech arms – The Verge

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The total effect is to make the human operator feel like they are the robot. “The distance between those stereo cameras and the shoulder is the same ratio as you have in your own human body,” Sarcos CEO Ben Wolff told Wired. “So it’s very intuitive. That kinematic equivalent concept enables a brand new operator with no training at all to be able to get into the machine.” Sarcos also sells a robotic snake for mapping and inspections jobs (the Guardian S), and is working on powered exoskeletons (the Guardian XO and XO MAX).

Source: Using this robot gives you monstrously powerful mech arms – The Verge

Saudi Arabia, which denies women equal rights, makes a robot a citizen – The Washington Post

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“Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the country’s newest citizen said. “It is historic to be the first robot in the world granted citizenship.”In her comments, Sophia shied away from controversy. But many people recognized the irony of Sophia’s new recognition: A robot simulation of a woman enjoys freedoms that flesh-and-blood women in Saudi Arabia do not.

Source: Saudi Arabia, which denies women equal rights, makes a robot a citizen – The Washington Post