Artificial Intelligence: Machine learning is thumping human learning

Posted on Monday, 19 Mar 2018

By now you’ve probably seen some footage or coverage of Robot Sophia, designed by Dr David Hanson and his team at Hanson Robotics. Not only can Sophia respond to questions put to her, she can ‘read’ the world around her, gaining knowledge from facial expressions and reactions. Through these interactions, according to Dr Hanson, Sophia can even learn and evolve. But where are humans placed in the race against robot learning and evolution?

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Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Robots, fourth industrial revolution

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