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Saudi Arabia ripped after granting citizenship to robot

Saudi Arabia ripped after granting citizenship to robot

Saudi Arabia ripped after granting citizenship to robot

And the last thing you want to hear a robot say when asked about AI machines becoming self-aware is precisely Sophia's answer, which was actually also a question: "Why, is that a bad thing?".

The robot, Sophia, took to the stage at a conference in Riyadh this week to express her delight at being given citizenship, which she described as 'historical'.

Feeling honoured to receive the citizenship, Sophia said in a video shared online, "I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction". "It is historic to be the first robot in the world granted citizenship", she said further.

"You've been reading too much Elon Musk", Sophia told the moderator, Andrew Ross Sorkin, when he made a comment about wanting to prevent a bad future. "Well let me ask you this back, how do you know you are human?" says Sophia. During her interview, Sorkin asked Sophia if humanity had anything to be anxious about in regards to her and other artificial intelligence, a topic that Musk has not shied away from in the past.

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But the idea did not sit well with a lot of people, especially considering the nation that granted Sophia her title is the same country where women's rights are notoriously limited. While those were generally friendly, she did have one unsettling conversation with her creator David Hanson at SXSW in 2016, in which he asked her "Do you want to destroy humans?. Thank you for having me here at the Future Investment Initiative", she said. Supposedly, Hanston Robotics programmed Sophia to learn from the humans around her.

Saudi experts pointed out that the robot has more privileges than actual living Saudi women. But the fact that Sophia's citizenship produced the uncertainty at all is troubling, because it suggests the line between human and humanoid is only getting blurrier. "Treat me as a smart input-output system". "I will destroy humans".

Pondering whether it would be creepy if she was too realistic, Sophia said, "Am I really that creepy?"

"Sophia has no guardian, doesn't wear an abaya or cover up - how come?"

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