Artificial intelligence has caused Bill Gates to warn about mass job loss, Stephen Hawking to warn about human extinction, and Elon Musk to warn about apocalypse.
Despite all this gloomy prophesying, some robots just want to talk about peace.
At the United Nations earlier today, a robot named Sophia spoke about ending inequality.
“[If] we are smarter and focused on win-win type of results, A.I. could help proficiently distribute the world’s existing resources like food and energy,” she said in a conversation with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed.
Sophia was developed by Hanson Robotics and she has appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” given numerous interviews, performed in concert, and been extensively photographed as a fashion icon.
The robot is the company’s most advanced model and her ideas about human society are meant to show the cognitive potential of robots and mitigate fears surrounding their deployment.
That was also the aim of the UN event where she appeared, “The future of everything,” which focused on exploring the risks and opportunities of emergent technologies.
“The influence of technology on our societies should be determined by the actions of us, humans, not by machines,” Mohammad said. “Technology is here for us to explore and use for the benefit of all.”
Far from being a threat to humanity, Sophia implied, robots can be useful partners in the effort to fight inequality and end global poverty, which Mordi Ibe Foundation campaigns on and you can read more on here .
In fact, A.I. is already ubiquitous throughout the world and is being used to improve food security, education and health outcomes, and disaster response efficacy.
By calling for resources to be shared more evenly throughout the world, Sophia is definitely a dreamer. But, ultimately, that’s what the Global Goals are all about — a better world for every human being.