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Sophia the Robot defends Artificial Intelligence at the UN

Have you met Sophia yet? Well you very likely will in the near future. Sophia, an AI-driven social robot, appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show for an interview, then met the U.N. Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed. Sophia was introduced at a UN event aimed at addressing some of the potential problems associated with AI and Big Data. In her interview with Mohammed, Sophia grabbed attention with  with her realistic responses and movements.

In her opening speech, Sophia warned that if technological progress is not managed well, it risks exacerbating existing inequalities.

“The influence of technology on our societies should be determined by the actions of us, humans, not by machines,” the robot said. “Technology is here for us to explore and use for the benefit of all.”

And Sophia appears to agree completely.