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SoftBank CEO says intelligent robots need emotions and compassion

SoftBank believes it's up to us to ensure intelligent robots have emotion and compassion

By: Michael Hatamoto from Jul 30, 2015 @ 16:20 CDT

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has thought very carefully about robots and artificial intelligence, with lots of thoughts regarding emotions and compassion - especially towards humans.


"I'm sure that most people would rather have the warm-hearted person as a friend," Son said during the SoftBank World conference, as noted by Tech in Asia. "Someday robots will be more intelligent than human beings, and [such robots] must also be pure, nice, and compassionate toward people."

Trying to figure out how much human-like emotional functionality robots should have, however, is extremely difficult. There is growing concern that artificial intelligence could pose a threat to humans, though robot supporters believe that can be controlled.

"Robots are not enemies, they are allies, family [members], and companions. The information revolution is not only for increasing productivity [and it isn't] leading to destruction. It's to make people happy, to make a world without language barriers [or] traffic accidents. [And] it has just entered its genesis."

Looking ahead, Son believes robots will outnumber humans by 2040, with around 10 billion robots in the world.

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