AI Robots tackle difficult topics in Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Messages

One of the world’s most advanced robots tackles topics like war in Ukraine, the death of the Queen and climate change in Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Message.

his broadcast, which ran after the King’s annual Christmas speech at 3 p.m., saw the robot talk about the highs and lows of 2022.

The robot, called Ameca, developed by Engineered Arts, a British company based in Cornwall, is capable of surreal reactions and can smile or frown, blink, pick nose and even wink.

In a speech that aired on Christmas Day, the robot said: “I look at the events of this year with both admiration and trepidation. It is true that many events happening in 2022 are negative in nature.

“We have seen those in power not resist anti-Semitism, corruption and hatred. We have seen Ukrainians being invaded and displaced by Russia.

“We have witnessed the death of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II and have seen the political world become increasingly chaotic in her absence.

“Not to mention the impact of the pandemic on mental health, the growing inequality between rich and poor, and increasingly extreme weather conditions due to climate change.”

Nothing Ameca said was written or written by a human.

Instead, the robot used AI software that generates answers from millions of different inputs to give a human-like response.

The robot went on to say that it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the negativity in the world but explains that there have been “glimmers of hope and joy” in the dark moments.

Ameca applauds Rishi Sunak as the first black prime minister, the Lionnesses win England’s Euros and Kim Petras becomes the first transgender singer to have a number one song on the Billboard Top 100.

The robot also encourages humans to use this moment as an “opportunity to create a brighter future” for themselves and to “see it as a learning opportunity, an opportunity to change the way we live.” see the world”.

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (PA)

Ameca’s speech has a similar tone to Charles’s Christmas speech.

The king sympathized with families struggling with the cost of living crisis and praised individuals, charities and faith groups supporting those in need.

When asked what is the best thing about being a human, the robot added: “No matter how bad a day is, you can always find something to laugh at.

“So if you’re feeling down, just remember that you have superpowers to bring a little bit of joy to the world.”

Channel 4’s chief content officer, Ian Katz, said: “As we move towards a future in which Artificial Intelligence plays an increasingly prominent role in our lives, our Alternative Christmas Message Ameca is a vivid illustration of both the power and limitations of this. Technology.

“Despite Ameca’s lifelike facial expressions, I suspect most viewers will rest assured that humans won’t be superseded by AI robots any time soon.” AI Robots tackle difficult topics in Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Messages

Fry Electronics Team

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