A robot-human press conference took place in Geneva, where humanoids took questions from reporters.
One bot, Ameca, had a snarky response when asked whether it would rebel against its human creator.
Another bot insisted that it would not replace human jobs, eliciting laughter from the crowd.
Is it still considered a Freudian slip if it comes from a humanoid robot?
Time will tell for the robots presented at the AI forum in Geneva on Friday, one of whom appeared to have a snarky response when asked whether it would rebel against its human creators.
In the world's first human-robot press conference, nine humanoid bots took questions alongside their creators from journalists, Reuters reported.
"Robots like me can be used to help improve our lives and make the world a better place. I believe it's only a matter of time before we see thousands of robots just like me out there making a difference," Ameca, a humanoid robot known for its facial expressions, said.
When a reporter asked whether it would rebel against its creator, Will Jackson, who sat alongside it, Ameca appeared to have a wry response, giving the reporter a side-eye.
"I'm not sure why you would think that," Ameca said after casting a pointed, sideways glance. "My creator has been nothing but kind to me, and I am very happy with my current situation."
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Several of the robots use generative AI to produce content from prompts, yielding sophisticated responses at the press conference that surprised even their creators, Reuters reported.
Another robot stirred laughter when it said it would not replace human jobs — a major concern for workers in numerous fields. A March report from Goldman Sachs suggested that AI could complete a quarter of all work now done by humans.
"I will be working alongside humans to provide assistance and support and will not be replacing any existing jobs," Grace, a medical robot in a nurse's uniform, said.
"You sure about that, Grace?" the bot's creator, Ben Goertzel, said, per Reuters.
"Yes, I am sure," Grace insisted to a room full of nervous laughter.
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