Originally posted to Data Center POST.Past keynote speakers at International Telecommunications Week (ITW) have been spectacular, no doubt. It’s hard to beat open plenaries featuring The Woz, Al Gore, former President Bill Clinton, and others. But Sophia, the humanoid robot, a guest speaker at ITW 2018, which took place May 6-9 in Chicago, was truly someone special.  

ITW 2018 kicked off with Sophia’s creator, the founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics, Dr. Hanson, discussing how robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have the potential to completely transform the future of society, and Data Center POST was on-site to report. He argued that a transformed future for telecom entails AI socializing and connecting with humans. His intent behind the robot Sophia was a vision to train her, along with other “bots,” to socially interact with people. This social interaction in turn “develop[s] AI that’s smarter than ever, that understands what it means to be human, that holds the AI to the highest benchmark of intelligent robots — and that is the human being,” Dr. Hanson stated.

So far, Hanson robotics has made 18 Sophia robots, in addition to mass-producing a smaller robot, Professor Einstein, and others. Yet, the company has a long way to go.

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