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Can we trust robots like Sophia to help humans?

  • Tama Salim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 18 2019   /  12:22 am
Face of the future: Posing for a picture after a Youth Dialogue session in Jakarta on Tuesday are (from left) Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food CEO Franky Oesman Widjaja, former Pacific Economic Cooperation Council cochair Jusuf Wanandi, Sophia the Robot, Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara and Creative Economy Agency head Triawan Munaf. The session was part of the 2019 Centre for Strategic and International Studies Global Dialogue.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(from left) Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food CEO Franky Oesman Widjaja, former Pacific Economic Cooperation Council cochair Jusuf Wanandi, Sophia the Robot, Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara and Creative Economy Agency head Triawan Munaf. The session was part of the 2019 Centre for Strategic and International Studies Global Dialogue.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Face of the future: Posing for a picture after a Youth Dialogue session in Jakarta on Tuesday are (from left) Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food CEO Franky Oesman Widjaja, former Pacific Economic Cooperation Council cochair Jusuf Wanandi, Sophia the Robot, Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara and Creative Economy Agency head Triawan Munaf. The session was part of the 2019 Centre for Strategic and International Studies Global Dialogue.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)An awkward silence swept the conference room as stage hands pushed into place what appeared to be a cable-strung mannequin draped in a bright pink Indonesian lace kebaya.“Hello everyone. I am arriving slowly,” quipped Sophia, the humanoid robot, attracting a few muted giggles and wide-eyed fascination from the crowd.Designed by Hanson Robotics to look like famed British actress Audrey Hepburn and named after the Greek wo...