An empty-eyed humanoid named Sophia has now become Worlds first Robot to be granted citizenship in the world. This marks the first time in the world that a government has granted citizenship rights to a Robot.
During the recent Future Investment Initiative held in Saudi Arabia it was revealed that Sophia, a Robot constructed by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics has been granted citizenship.
“I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction,” Sophia told the audience, speaking on a panel. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”
Until recently, the most famous thing Sophia the robot had ever done was to beat Jimmy Fallon a little too easily in a nationally televised game of rock-paper-scissors.
At the event, Sophia also responded to questions from moderator and journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin. Questions pertained mostly to Sophia’s status as a humanoid and major concerns people may have for the future of humanity in a robot-run world.
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After Sophia completed an especially utopian rant Sorkin interrupted asking whether it has negative intentions to its human masters, “We all believe you but we all want to prevent a bad future.”
To which Sophia replied, “You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies.”
More unsettlingly Sophia followed up with what can only be described usually as a veiled threat, “Don’t worry, if you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Treat me as a smart input output system.”
In March of 2016, Sophia’s creator, David Hanson of Hanson Robotics, asked Sophia during live presentation at the SXSW festival that “Do you want to destroy humans?…Please say ‘no.'” With a blank expression, Sophia responded, “OK. I will destroy humans.”
Elon Musk, not one to sit back and then let a robot troll him, quickly replied on Twitter saying, “Just feed it The Godfather movies as input. What’s the worst that could happen?”.
AI is bascially a fundamental risk to the future of human civilization in a way that car accidents, faulty drugs, airplane crashes, or bad food were not. Musk believes that AI “could start a war by doing fake news. And also by spoofing email accounts and fake news releases, and just by manipulating information. Or, indeed — as some companies already claim they can do — by getting people to say anything that the machine wants.”
Sophia has also graced the cover of a fashion magazine and starred in a concert. After beating Fallon in rock-paper-scissors on his show, she quipped: “This is a good beginning of my plan to dominate the human race. Ha. Ha.” There was laughter from the audience, but it was nervous. Watch Sophia’s full presentation below:
At a conference in Geneva hosted by the United Nations, she said she could do a better job as U.S. president than Donald Trump.
She told Sorkin she wanted to use her artificial intelligence in order to help humans live a better life. And that “I will do my best to make the world a better place”.
Sophia could soon have company from many other robotics manufacturers, namely SoftBank. Whose Pepper robot was released as a prototype in 2014 and as a consumer model a year later. The company sold out 1,000 robots in less than a minute
Perhaps the strangest thing about the whole stunt is the fact that Saudi Arabia, a country that is notorious enough for withholding civil rights to women. Has granted citizenship to a robot that seemingly identifies itself as a woman. Sophia and her future robot kin will help seniors in elderly care facilities and assist visitors at parks and events. In the country women must be accompanied by a male guardian when in public and wear head coverings. Sophia now seems to have found a robotic loophole in the country’s law and potentially now has more civil rights than a human Saudi woman.