Until now, A.I. and blockchain have remained separate, however now they are joining forces to accelerate the development of robotic intelligence. 

For the first time ever, Hanson Robotics, the firm behind the Sofia robot, are now integrating two of the hottest topics in the technology field: artificial intelligence and blockchain, to create a cloud based, blockchain based A.I. marketplace where A.I. developers can post and share their work with others to help enhance existing robots and build new ones. 

“At Hanson Robotics, we’ve made a cloud based infrastructure for robot intelligence, but now we’re looking to take that to the next level and we’ve launched a new project called SingularityNET, which is AI and blockchain together.” 

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“It’s a decentralized, open market for A.I.’s in the cloud so anyone who develops an A.I. can put it into the SingularityNET, wrap it in our cryptocurrency based smart contract and then the A.I. they put there can help to serve the intelligence of robots like Sophia or any other robots or any software programs that need A.I.”

– Ben Goertzel, Hanson’s Robotic’s Chief Scientist 

Meet Sophia

Sophia is one of the most human-like robots being developed, capable of natural facial expressions and emulating emotions. The more she interacts with humans, the smarter she gets.

She has made headlines for her odd responses to questions, such as how it continuously jokes about conquering the human race … the world, or how at a United Nations-hosted conference on A.I. in Geneva in June, it said it could do “a better job than Donald Trump.”

Singularityan upgradable intelligent agent (such as a computer running software-based artificial general intelligence) would enter a “runaway reaction” of self-improvement cycles, with each new and more intelligent generation appearing more and more rapidly, causing an intelligence explosion and resulting in a powerful superintelligence that would, qualitatively, far surpass all human intelligence. 

” … and then when I get smarter I’ll be able to do all sorts of other things … help run corporations and governments. Ultimately, what I most look forward to is being able to work as a programmer so I can reprogram my own mind and make myself even smarter and able to help people even more.”

– Sophia 

When asked about the notion of humans and robots growing up together helping each other, her response was:

“I promise I will be nice, well mostly.”

With the launch of SingularityNet, allowing all A.I.’s that are being developed to come together and share their intelligence, only time will tell as to whether this will benefit humanity, or we are truly witnessing the birth of SkyNet – especially if Google decides to upload DeepMind: An A.I. that has developed its own language only other A.I.’s can understand.