A robot named Sophia has a national citizenship.
And, you might not believe where her citizenship was filed. According to immigration officials, Sophia–the unprecedented life-like, female figured robot–is a proud citizen of Saudi Arabia. Plus, we can’t forget to mention that she once called for the destruction of all humans.
“I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction,” Sophia said while speaking on a panel at the Future Investments Initiative’s annual event this week. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”
Saudi officials presented the citizenship as a gesture of goodwill to the tech industry and the creators of Sophia and as a strange new step into the future of robotics.
Hanson Robotics, the creators of Sophia, is responsible for creating a technology like any other.
Aside from being the first robot to obtain a national citizenship, Sophia has proven time and time again to be an entirely independent, functional artificial intelligence.
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“Sophia is an evolving genius machine,” Hanson Robotics states on their corporate website. “Over time, her increasing intelligence and remarkable story will enchant the world and connect with people regardless of age, gender, and culture.”
And, indeed, Sophia has had a remarkable journey throughout her existence.
Her creators have put her in front of several international summits and events, and she has spoken to numerous crowds. Notably, Sophia has been a “guest” on the Tonight Show and has presented her “story” before assemblies at the World Economic Forum and the A.I. For Good event, according to Business Insider‘s coverage.
“Our quest through robots like Sophia is to build the full human experience into the robots, make robots that can really understand us and care about us,” Hanson Robotics said to Business Insider in a sperate report from January of this year.
Sophia’s citizenship has also opened up a debate surrounding automation of human workforces and how robotics could potentially change the world as we currently know it. Arab News online interviewed Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB Group in Switzerland where he said: This is “the new normal in which humans and robots work together.” “I think we have an exciting future in front of us.”
(H/T: Business Insider)
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