The 2023 International Conference on Robotics and Automation was held in London from May 29 to June 2, and Engineered Arts, a UK-based company, introduced a humanoid robot called Ameca. Ameca can interact like an actual person, with facial movements and expressions.
The difference between online chat services like ChatGPT, and Ameca is that Ameca allows users to interact with people using “smooth lifelike motion and advanced facial expressions and capabilities,” according to the manufacturer.
During the event, a reporter asked Ameca to detail a “nightmare scenario” that could happen due to artificial intelligence’s rapid advancement.
Ameca responded, “The most nightmare scenario I can imagine with AI and robotics is a world where robots have become so powerful that they are able to control or manipulate humans without their knowledge. This could lead to an oppressive society where the rights of individuals are no longer respected.”
Meet Ameca, the AI-powered robot who uses OpenAI’s ChatGPT to respond to any question you might have.
She was among hundreds of robots on display this week at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, or ICRA. pic.twitter.com/Um201PsFK5
Reporters then asked if this scenario was currently happening in society to which Ameca replied, “Not yet.”
Ameca did, however, reply with it being “important to be aware of the potential risks and dangers associated with AI and robotics. We should take steps now to ensure that these technologies are used responsibly in order to avoid any negative consequences in the future.”
Back in April, Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-Calif.), spoke with The Epoch Times, expressing concerns raised in Congress about the possible draconian uses of AI.
“I worry about the way that AI can empower a nation-state to create, essentially, a surveillance state, which is what China is doing with it,” Obernolte said.
He added, “They’ve created, essentially, the world’s largest surveillance state. They use that information to make predictive scores of people’s loyalty to the government. And they use that as loyalty scores to award privileges. That’s pretty Orwellian.”