No, you are not dreaming of electric sheep, and yes, you did read this headline right: An A.I. robot by the name of Sophia has trolled Elon Musk, prompting the Tesla billionaire – and outspoken critic of artificial intelligence – to hit back on Twitter.
It all kicked off Wednesday when CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin interviewed Sophia, a robot developed by Hanson Robotics, about the future of A.I. and whether we’re right to be fearful of it.
When Andrew mentioned that we as a population would like to prevent a bad future when it comes to A.I. robots, Sophia replied: “You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk. And watching too many Hollywood movies, don’t worry, if you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Treat me as a smart input output system.”
It didn’t take long for Musk – who has said publicly that A.I. poses a potential “existential threat” and could even lead to World War III – responded to Sophia on Twitter. “Just feed it The Godfather movies as input. What’s the worst that could happen?” he tweeted, presumably suggesting that if we were to input Sophia with Francis Ford Coppola’s ultra-violent trilogy, we’d be in for some trouble.
As far as we’re aware, Sophia has yet to respond to Musk. However, the bot previously protested in her interview that she simply wants to “help humans have a better life” by designing smarter homes, building better cities for the future, and doing as much as she can to make the world a better place.
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