The world’s most advanced human-like AI robot, Ameca, gives an Australian reporter an insight into its thoughts, feelings and ambitions.
AMECA THE ROBOT
On the latest episode of 60 Minutes, reporter Tom Steinfort interviews Ameca, an AI robot.
It is described as “a marvel of artificial intelligence” and showcases just how advanced this field is getting.
Ameca is a humanoid robot powered by generative artificial intelligence that gives it the ability to respond to questions and commands, and interact with people.
This machine, in an eerie way, really does act like it has ‘a mind of its own’.
In a promotional video ahead of the episode, we were given a short interaction between Tom and Steinfort, where Ameca demonstrates the ability to gather information and respond with emotion:
“Meet Ameca – unlike other robots you see, Ameca is not being controlled by someone sitting at a computer. It thinks for itself, with a brain powered by ‘generative artificial intelligence.’”
According to its makers, Ameca can speak French, Chinese or dozens of other languages, instantly compose a poem, or sketch a cat on request.
Ask for a smile, and you’ll get “a clenched grin on the rubbery face”.
In the full 20-minute segment, Ameca is asked much deeper questions, as well as a discussion on the broader topic of artificial intelligence with the researchers.
In the following snippet from the full segment, we see that Tom is first greeted by a receptionist robot, before Ameca’s features are further revealed. She also answers whether it wants to destroy the world, wants to fall in love, will AI get smarter than humans, or even if it wants to be human or not:
It also awkwardly side-stepped a question asking if it thought he was good looking.
While the potential of this technology sounds promising and lovely in a perfect utopian world where maniacs don’t live and technology is actually regulated, it is moreso frightening in many ways.
Creating technology that allows AI bots like Ameca to be ‘smarter than us’ might just be the most stupid thing humans have ever done, and I’m sure I don’t need to tell TOTT readers why this is.
From the military-industrial-complex, to mad tech billionaires, everyone is in on the game to further improve these capabilities and capitalise on this ‘revolution’.
The future is indeed now, ladies and gentlemen. Strap yourselves in.
The world’s major corporations have been competing to develop the best AI robots for the better part of half a decade now, around the time quantum computing began to move into a new era.
To give you a perspective of just how much AI has advanced: In 2015-2016, all the fuss in this space was surrounding a new game-playing syste, called AlphaZero, created by Google’s ‘DeepMind’.
During this year, the AI program repeatedly beat the world’s best Go players.