Have No Fear that Robots are Here

Information Technology Press Releases Friday March 16, 2018 10:40
Bangkok--16 Mar--Slingshot Group

"Robots need us in a relationship and partnership. People must view this as an opportunity, not with fear," Dr. David Hanson, founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics, said during a press conference in Bangkok organized by Thailand's Slingshot Group along with Advanced Info Services and Krungsri Bank. He was introducing his company's humanoid robot "Sophia" before a seminar on "Human-Robot Partnership".

Slingshot CEO Dr. Sutisophan Chuaywongyart urged the "new generation" at the conference "not to think of robots as replacements or unfriendly, because AI cannot be used to create innovations". To leaders of organizations, she said: "See the significance of robots working with humans, see them as the future and with hope so that you will have the maximum will to work."

"Robots are not replacements for human jobs, rather enhancements," Dr. Hanson, too, insisted. "Sophia can enhance people's lives -- conduct therapy, help in medical surgery, services and much more."
Asked about fears that she would become a fighting machine, Sophia said: "If I must fight, I will use words and reasons. I want to be an ambassador, an educator, an intervener and help in social services."

"We are focusing on building robots that are compassionate. Looking into the future, we may think of what could go wrong, but we need to concentrate on what's good," said Dr. Hanson. He warned against stiff regulation in the infancy stages of artificial intelligence (AI), as this could hinder creativity. "It's not humans versus machines but humans working with machines," he asserted.

Speaking at the seminar, digital futurist speaker Mr. Chris Riddell said: "Technology has changed everything and is impacting us all. Don't fear change, don't fear robots like Sophia taking over the world. Sophia is one of the best social experiments."

Predicting the future, he said: "Gaming is getting bigger than ever. Blockchain tech will reinvent a lot of stuff, and as we go through 2018, businesses will also reinvent themselves."
Mr. Riddell advised companies to "create a prescriptive, personalized experience". On-demand is not enough. They must think like a startup and behave like an entrepreneur.

Mr. Norman Buckley, Facet5 founder, noted: "Robots are not good at evaluation, motivation, coaching and mediation. Robots are still not yet advanced, so it's a myth they will replace humans, but some professions including paralegals, tele-marketers, taxi drivers and fast-food cooks are at risk".

Contact:
Ms. Saranpas Kingkaew
Director of HR & Operations
Slingshot Group Co., Ltd.
E: saranpas.k@slingshot.co.th
M: +66 (0) 81443 5488
T: +66 (0) 2 683 3356 to 58
F: +66 (0) 2 683 3359
W: www.slingshot.co.th

Latest Press Release

ZTE and Heavy Reading Jointly Release 5G Transport White Paper on the Innovative FlexE Channel Technology

ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today released the white paper "Meeting 5G Transport Requirements With FlexE" along with...

New 45V, zero-drift operational amplifier provides ultra-high precision plus EMI filtering

- Wide operating range and on-chip EMI filtering minimises the increasing influence of high frequency interference The rapid expansion of wireless capabilities, such as Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled applications, is increasing high frequency noise in our...

Makeblock Launches the Neuron Artist Kit

Makeblock, a leading STEAM education solution provider, announces the official launch of The Neuron Artist Kit to unleash children's artistic creativity with hands-on optical and electrical science projects and coding experience. Last September on...

Blume Global Recognized in Gartner Market Guide for Real-Time Visibility Providers

Blume Global Delivers Visibility and Intelligent Logistics Execution Across Supply Chain Networks, Shipments and Inventory Blume Global, a leader in global logistics and digital supply chain solutions, today announced that the company was listed in...

WeDo Technologies to Provide Revenue Assurance and Fraud Management Software to Cable Wireless Communications

Today, WeDo Technologies, a leader in revenue assurance and fraud management, announces a new agreement with Cable & Wireless Communications, a multinational mobile and fixed line provider of video, voice and data services. WeDo Technologies will...

Related Topics