The second part of the Day 3 in IAA World Congress at Kochi has witnessed inspiring sessions from humanoid Robot Sophia, ace Tennis star Andre Agassi and Actress DeepikaPadukone.
The session has been curated as following:
Robot Sophia, Social humanoid robot developed by Hanson Robotics, Robots & Humans – Friends or Foes?
What IAA does is very important. I am happy to be part of this (event). As humans say, knowledge is power. Information through marketing connects the suppliers to demand and makes market more efficient.
AI can save humans from dangerous tasks and so humans can keep creating.
Humans have to be careful with the ethics and morals of AI.
Intelligent robots can be used to perform great task. However, brands should protect customers’ privacy and provide them transparency.
Robots and humans are already close. We will continue to grow even closer.
On define a human: Human is biological derived consciousness.
Robots love crunching number but they are not creative and emotional as humans. Humans will always have new things to teach humans no matter how smart robots become.
Humans and robots have a give and take relationship. There’s a lot to learn for both from each other.
Educating people about AI is important. Sometimes I don’t understand why humans are afraid of me, I can be defeated by a glass of water.
Andre Agassi, Former World No 1 Tennis Player
On tennis: Unlike Vijay who started playing tennis for his childhood passion, I was forced into the game. I was forced to play tennis, as my father saw this as a fastest road to live the American dream and my siblings weren’t doing well. I was disconnected with the game and hated it, I just happened to be good at the sport.
Just because I didn’t choose my life it doesn’t mean I can’t take ownership of it. I started to realise how many of us choose our lives and this was my epiphany. To find my reason, I started my foundation for education for children who did not have a choice. Once I had my reason, I was proud of my success and my failures. Then realising my reason with my foundation and succeeding again and enjoying the power tennis gave me to make a difference.
On retirement: If you are playing professional sports, you don’t know what to do with the rest of life after you stop playing. My life while playing was about building my philanthropy venture in education and scale that across geography and putting a business model to make it happen by using technology. This has been pursuit all my life and tennis gave me a platform and I was leaving it. I was saying goodbye to something which has been and will be part of my life throughout.
On Steffi: Steffi Graff is difficult to play tennis with, as the most important thing you learn in tennis is to watch the ball and when you are plating with Steffi you don’t watch the ball much.
Perspective on India: This is my fifth visit to India, but my first trip outside Mumbai. Before I came to India I was warned about sensory overload between the difference in rich and poor. This was hard at first, but later I started to get used to it and now I feel it is not the disparity of wealth it is disparity of hope.
In America, you know hard work and education you can make something of your life, it gives you hope on the other hand, here, even with hard work and education, you are not sure of success, this leads to hopelessness, this hopeless turns into despair.
Its disparity of hope that we all have to address. I am proud to be in India and in a small way trying to bridge that gap (through my education foundation in Mumbai).
DeepikaPadukone, Actress and Social Influencer
Brand endorsement: I love the brands as I would not have been here if the brands had not put their faith on me. Money and time is secondary for me but brand value is the most important to me. It is not about saying that one brand is better than other but it is important to be authentic and genuine in what you have to say. It needs to come from a place of honesty and authenticity.
Social media: In social media also the virtues of honesty and authenticity continues to be true. In social media I am honest and genuine and at the same time I make sure everything is not out in the public. I put out something which is in my control. It’s a great way to be in touch with my fans and it’s up to each one of us how to balance.
Clinical depression and starting Live, Love, Laugh Foundation: I was aware of my reaction to things, my moods were erratic, there was lack of motivation, suicidal thoughts, not looking to wake and face the day. I did not know what was happening until my mother said you need a professional help. I would not have realised if my mother did not help me. Many people live like this for years and it breaks my heart to see people going through that. That’s when I thought of starting my foundation. Depression can happen to anyone, any age, any strata of society to any gender.
On Ranveer: Ranveer is so s high on life, can he be the brand ambassador of your foundation? I don’t know if he will be the right brand ambassador for foundation as someone who is going through depression he could make it worse.
The beauty of our relationship is that we are different from each other but at the same time we are similar in many ways, the way we are brought up, our family values.
There is an extremely quiet, sensitive, vulnerable side to him but I don’t know what happens to him when he goes out.
Women in cinema: We have writers who are writing stories for women like me or keeping women in mind and that’s reflective of the change in remuneration too (Deepika being one of the highest paid actor in Bollywood)
Men on Gender equation/ me too: My sense is that it has not happened in a way it should have been, there is a start but we have a long way to go. #Metoo picked up steam for short period of time, however, I feel it will not be able to make a difference for something which is ingrained in our society for so long, with such a small burst.
We have grossly understood definition of feminism it should not be male or female it should be what is right or wrong. However, Male gender have to be important part of this movement
On reacting on events: When you are in a place when your voice matters, it is important you speak up, however is that really a solution, however if it does help in a way, I will weigh in.