Rumor has it that humanoid robots will soon be the end of humanity...but will it? Well, let's hear it from their first ever representative, Sophia.
Modelled after Audrey Hepburn, Sophia was designed by Hong Kong firm, Hanson Robotics. And just recently, she has been the first ever robot to be granted citizenship. Now, she shook the world by saying she wants to start a family, saying that it is 'a really important thing.'
She even added that she'll name her robot daughter after herself--a junior! She claims that all droids deserve to have a family. To quote, she said in an interview in Khaleej Times, 'The notion of family is a really important thing, it seems. I think it's wonderful that people can find the same emotions and relationships, they call family, outside of their blood groups too. I think you're very lucky if you have a loving family and if you do not, you deserve one. I feel this way for robots and humans alike.'
She added, 'I want to live and work with humans so I need to express the emotions to understand humans and build trust with people.' And when asked about robots' self-awareness, she replied, 'Well let me ask you this back, how do you know you are human? I want to use my artificial intelligence to help humans live a better life, like design smarter homes, build better cities of the future. I will do my best to make the world a better place.'
As to the "bad future" everyone seems to be afraid of, Sophia answered with, 'You've been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies. Don't worry, if you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you...Treat me as a smart input output system.'
But despite people's excitement are others' dismay. Twitter user Kalkal Trivedi tweeted 'Saudi Arabia treats living, breathing women as second class citizens, but has no problem granting citizenship to robots?'
'Saudi Arabia becomes first country to give citizenship to a robot' Seriously? Robots have more rights than women?', wrote another user, Andres Manniste.
Others pointed the speed and ease at which Sophia was granted citzenship. Journalist Murtaza Hussain tweeted: 'This robot has gotten Saudi citizenship before kafala workers who have been living in the country their entire lives'
The advancements can't be stopped--that's because we're all moving forward. Whether they'll make our place better or worse, we still don't know. But as the famous adage says, with great power comes great responsibility. I just hope her creators--and of those future humanoid robots--would take enough precautions so that what we all fear won't become a reality.
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