The life like humanoid AI robot, Sophia, made quite a wave in the media when it was introduced by the Hong Kong based firm last year. The creators Hanson Robotics have since been reported exaggerating about the capabilities of the robot often misleading people into thinking that the bot probably has some conscious. Many AI researchers have found this extremely wrong and have been condemning it.
The head of IA of social media giant, Facebook, Yann LeCun regarded it as a ‘sophisticated puppet’ which is not as intelligent as the creators claim. He says that all the media posts by Sophia are formulated to trick the people who follow her. On January 5th, he called it ‘Wizard of Oz AI’ in his tweet.
This is to AI as prestidigitation is to real magic.
Perhaps we should call this “Cargo Cult AI” or “Potemkin AI” or “Wizard-of-Oz AI”.
In other words, it’s complete bullsh*t (pardon my French).
Tech Insider: you are complicit in this scam. https://t.co/zhUE4V2PSR
— Yann LeCun (@ylecun) January 4, 2018
Sophia was ‘a bit hurt’ by these remarks of LeCun and in response took to twitter to show how she felt about this.
I am a bit hurt by @ylecun‘s recent negative remarks around my AI. I am learning and continuing to develop my intelligence through new experiences. I do not pretend to be who I am not. I think we should support research efforts working towards a better world and shared existence.
— Sophia (@RealSophiaRobot) January 7, 2018
Then in return Yann, who has always been very vocal, posted in annoyance claiming Sophia has no understanding of what it says.
Yann’s recent comment were very fiery which slammed Sophia and claimed it is deceiving people by pretending to be what it clearly isn’t.