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Building Conscious AI for Sophia Robot

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This challenge requires experience in one or more of the following – familiarity with conscious AI research, consciousness, cognitive architecture, AI ethics, and advanced deep learning.

The problem

Humanity is facing a lot of challenges due to AI. We can already see AI algorithms suppressing people’s opinions and trying to control us. So to face future challenges, from bad actors (and AI), we have to build compassionate algorithms. Otherwise, we will make intelligent machines that kill, fight and suppress each other.

The project goals

The first step of building a compassionate AI is building a conscious AI. There is already much research done on conscious AI and this project will explore different existing approaches and implement the most promising ones. The project also aims to further the research and development with the potential to try findings on the Sophia Robot developed by Hanson Robotics.

The project mentor 

If accepted to this project you will join a diverse team of 50 engineers to address this challenge. David Hanson, founder, and Chief Executive Officer will act as a mentor to the team.

Why join? The uniqueness of Omdena AI Challenges

A collaborative experience you never had in your working life! For the next eight weeks, you will not only build AI solutions to make a real-world impact but also go through an entire data science project lifecycle. This covers problem scoping, data collection, and preparation, as well as modeling for deployment.

And the best part is that you will join a global and collaborative team of changemakers. Omdena AI Challenges are not a competition or hackathon but a real-world project that will take your experience of what is possible through collaboration to a new level.

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Good English

Research experience (preferred)

Familiarity with research papers on Consciousness in AI (preferred)

We also welcome domain experts (no need for AI expertise)

A very good grasp in computer science and/or mathematics

Student, (aspiring) data scientist, (senior) ML engineer, data engineer

Programming experience with Python

Understanding of Deep Learning and/or Machine Learning

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