AI TAKEOVER? ROBOT WILL APPEAR AS A WITNESS BEFORE BRITISH PARLIAMENT TO GIVE EVIDENCE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
The following is an excerpt from JASON LEMON | Newsweek.com | October 9, 2018 |
The British Parliament has invited a robot to become the first non-human to appear as a witness before the legislative body.
A robot named Pepper, who resides at Middlesex University, will give evidence before the Commons Education Select Committee at a hearing next week on artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and the fourth industrial revolution, The Independent reported. Committee chair Robert Halfon suggested that rapid changes in technology, such as AI, are one of the most significant things the country will deal with over the next few decades.
"The fourth industrial revolution is possibly the most important challenge facing our nation over the next 10, 20 to 30 years,” he said, according to the British newspaper.
Pepper was developed by the Japanese electronics company SoftBank, and was first introduced back in 2014. The robot is equipped with two HD cameras, four microphones and a touchscreen located on its chest.
Although significant speculation and concern has been raised, even by leading scientists like Steven Hawking and tech billionaire Elon Musk, about the potential threat of AI technology, Halfon brushed aside such worries.
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