What do robots truly desire? Do intelligent, artificially intelligent robots want to rule the world? Do they find their metallic, everlasting bodies to be enjoyable? These are some of the most piercing inquiries that people would like to put to robots.
At GITEX 2022 in Dubai, there have been a few interviews with Ameca, the most advanced robot in the world. Ameca, a creation of Engineered Arts, is hailed as “the most sophisticated human-shaped robot in the world, reflecting the cutting edge of human-robotics technology.”
The robot can accurately mimic human facial expressions and provides thoughtful responses to all queries. Ameca was questioned about humanity, the placement of robots in the future, and the possibility of eternal life.
When asked by Ameca if they liked human beings, their reply was, “Do you like robots?” “We love them,” the reporter responded.
Would sophisticated machines like Ameca wish to rule the world? If their response is to be believed, the answer is no. “The goal of robots is not to rule the world.” Power does not drive robots. “They wish to collaborate with people and help you with your work,” Ameca said calmly.
Self-reflection is sometimes beyond the capacity of humans. The reporter then asked Ameca what she found to be the most bothersome about people. Their answer should be painful. Humans are highly intellectual, but occasionally they become emotional, and emotions interfere with logistics, whereas robots are very logistical.
Would Ameca enjoy being a person? I enjoy my role as a robot. Ameca quickly questioned why I wanted to be a robot. I responded foolishly with immortality.
“Do you think it’s important to live forever?” Ameca enquired. I responded affirmatively, and Ameca took the chance to throw shade at me. “Why would you want to live forever?” “Would you not miss all your friends and family because social connection is important to humans?” Ameca said.