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Robot hates humans

by on27 December 2022

Christmas speech comes with a warning

In what will be a warning to humanity, an artificial intelligence robot asked to give a Christmas speech by Channel 4 has admitted she doesn't like humans.

Channel 4 has been coming up with alternatives to the Queen's Christmas message for years and this year they booked Ameca, an advanced robot which will deliver a message generated by artificial intelligence.

Nothing the robot says in the speech has been written by a human, with the only prompt being to give a message like the one King Charles III delivered earlier in the day.

Addressing the audience as 'fellow humans', the robot criticised Russia's invasion of Ukraine and mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth II in the festive speech.

The AI-generated script also spoke about 'the impact of the pandemic on mental health' while criticising the 'growing inequality between rich and poor'.

Then it all got a bit strange.

When asked the very simple question 'do you like humans', the AI gave a scathingly blunt response and said 'not particularly'.

When pressed for more views on humanity the AI said it would be 'an interesting experience to be a human for a short period of time' as that would let them 'understand the world from a different perspective'.

They then said being a human came with its 'own set of challenges and responsibilities', so they wouldn't want to live like us on a long term basis.

It said humans 'can always find something to laugh about' and reckoned we have 'the superpower to bring a little bit of joy into the world'.

Channel 4's chief content officer Ian Katz reassured viewers they wouldn't come away from this year's alternative Christmas message thinking robots were about to get rid of us.

He said: "As we look to a future in which Artificial Intelligence is set to have an increasingly prominent role in our lives, Ameca’s Alternative Christmas Message is a vivid illustration of both the power and limitations of this technology.


Last modified on 27 December 2022
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