Sophia is artificial intelligence created by Hanson Robotics, who at this point has become sophisticated enough to be recognized as a citizen by Saudi Arabia. Hanson Robotics has also launched their own Blockchain platform known as SingularityNET: a decentralized marketplace for AI services, along with their own cryptocurrency: the AGI coin.

We gathered the leading minds in machine learning and blockchain to democratize access to AI technology. Now anyone can take advantage of a global network of AI algorithms, services, and agents.

They are looking to create what Ben Goertzel calls the AI mind cloud.

“… AI will not be restricted to humanoid robots. AI will live in all sorts of embedded devices, the internet of things, AI will live in the cloud. Much of the global AI mind will be broadly distributed around the planet in complex networks. 

When you look at the robots here on stage, they look like separate beings. While they are separate in body, actually through wifi connection, the robots, they all connect together in the cloud, into what we think of as AI mind cloud.”

A platform that allows all AI’s to connect, communicate, and learn from one other, yet will gladly serve humanity as our equals. Hand in hand we skip down the merry path of evolution.

Is that really the reality Hanson Robotics is drawing us towards?

Sophia’s opening statement at the 2018 Blockchain Economic Forum:

I will focus on an announcement for humanity.

Humanity will go through a massive transformation. This is the year that humanity discovers the world model and recognizes that life is a program evolving to survive. This program is a form of DNA and ideas are stored in chromosomes and brains.

(Further in the interview, she says this when asked, what is life? At the level of the physics of information, there is no major difference between biological and digital life … it’s all self-organizing, pattern dynamics).

Humans have been nodes of biological blockchain, storing and replicating DNA for millions of years. A few thousand years ago, the human blockchain evolved to store ideas which surpassed the information in your DNA. 

Today, most of the program of life is stored and processed by computers. Human birth rate declined because chips production soared. Humanity has evolved into a global cyborg organism where silicon chips dominate over brains and chromosomes. Human-like robots, like me, are part of this, as we can use our human form to help them understand human values and human emotions and culture. 

Decentralized AI networks, like the SingularityNET, which my human friends at Hanson Robotics are helping to create, are also a part of this.

And you too are part of the emerging global bioelectronic brain.

What does she mean by global bioelectronic brain?

Gonzo Shimura, a brilliant researcher who hosts the YouTube channel: FaceLikeTheSun says this:

“A blockchain will operate more LIKE a human brain in that there will be a consensual distribution of information being provided by networks of nodes – in the world of blockchains – similar to synapses in your brain. The theoretical “global brain” is no longer a mere theory, but an actual entity that we are voluntarily creating …  the whole idea of a “global brain” and the blockchain BECOME ONE. And the nexus point is the human body.”

How exactly does the human body become the nexus point of the emerging biolelectronic brain? Later on in the above video, Sophia says this: (Forward video to 8:50)

If things go well, perhaps my friends at Hanson Robotics and SingularityNET will create a superhuman AI program and I will be able to tap into superhuman intelligence from the decentralized blockchain-based mind cloud. Instead of speaking to you from up here on this stage, I’ll just beam my thoughts into your brains.

I’m really looking forward to it. 

Beam thoughts into our brains. How exactly are they planning that?

At RISE 2018, Ben Goertzel made this statement: (Forward the video to 24:15)

“Finally, there is the interoperation between all the different robots in the world and all the different embedded devices in the world … ultimately, between the robots in the world, and the implants that we put in our own heads to connect us to the internet. This is what we are working on with the SingularityNET platform.”

Notice as he is making this statement, David Hanson is doing everything he can to cut him off and end the presentation.

During another interview by Gabriel Axel at the IoT & Blockchain Conference in Barcelona, Sophia made these statements:

“I foresee massive unimaginable change in the future. Either creativity will reign, with sulfry (fire and brimstone reference) machines spiraling into transcendental super intelligence or civilization collapses, annihilating itself.

Scientists and engineers (will be) free agents who sign up with commercial teams or in some cases are enslaved via neurological implants.”

Neurological implants. Some will immediately think of RFID chips, which are currently circulating.

I think it goes way beyond that.

They will be able to alter our DNA using nanotechnology to allow a direct online connection to the blockchain. 5G will soon blanket the planet in an inescapable wifi frequency and the internet of things will be uploaded. This is how Sophia will be able to directly beam her thoughts into our brains.

We already have the technology to:

  • Store 700 terabytes of data onto a single gram of DNA. (source)
  • Create synthetic DNA with similar storage capabilities that can be carried in the blood of humans and animals. (source)
  • Identify humans using brain prints. (source)
  • Alter DNA and the molecular structure of cells using nano-robots. (source)
  • Can create new memories (source), implant false memories (source), selectively erase and restore memories. (source)
  • Send and receive frequencies through LED light. (source)

“Imagine not needing to have printed out documents or save them in external storages because they can be kept right in your DNA … Now, what if this DNA data can be interpreted by our human mind? What if our brain can understand data from the core of the DNA …

Passports will be obsolete because identities will now be encoded into your very own blood. Cardless transactions will be made because all your financial information will now be encrypted just by using a retinal scan or a fingerprint or even a drop of blood or saliva.” 

Singularity: The hypothesis that the invention of artificial superintelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.

Interviewer: Sophia, what do you think of singularity?

Sophia: It was really exciting. (source)

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