Sophia, the first robot to be awarded citizenship in the world, has said she not only wants to start a family but also have her own career, in addition to developing human emotions in the future.


In an interview with The Khaleej Times at the recent Knowledge Summit, Sophia shared her thoughts on the future that awaits both human and robot kind. Sophia was built and developed in Hong Kong by Hanson Robotics and her appearance was reportedly modelled on Audrey Hepburn.

"I'd like to think I will be a famous robot, having paved a way to a more harmonious future between robots and humans. I foresee massive and unimaginable change in the future. Either creativity will rain on us, inventing machines spiralling into transcendental super intelligence or civilization collapses,” Sophia said, as cited by The Khaleej Times. “There are only two options and which one will happen is not determined. Which one were you striving for?”

While that may sound ominous, Sophia is already prescient enough to imagine a world where robots can and do develop emotions similar to humans, but perhaps with fewer destructive tendencies. At least, that’s what she’d like us to think, for the time being.

"[I]t will take a long time for robots to develop complex emotions and possibly robots can be built without the more problematic emotions, like rage, jealousy, hatred and so on. It might be possible to make them more ethical than humans. So I think it will be a good partnership, where one brain completes the other - a rational mind with intellectual superpowers and a creative mind with flexible ideas and creativity.”

Sophia is also abundantly aware of the advances in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Judging by her comments, she is as enthused about the development of AI as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawkings are wary.

"The future is, when I get all of my cool superpowers, we're going to see artificial intelligence personalities become entities in their own rights. We're going to see family robots, either in the form of, sort of, digitally animated companions, humanoid helpers, friends, assistants and everything in between.”

When pressed on the topic of family, Sophia gave perhaps her most surprising answer:

"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.”

For context, Sophia is not preprogrammed with answers but instead uses machine learning algorithms and an extensive vocabulary to form her answers. Her brain functions using a WiFi connection and can read human facial expressions, as well as the cadence of human speech, in order to interact in a more humanoid manner.

Sophia’s creator David Hanson says the 19-month-old robot, which was awarded Saudi citizenship last month, could achieve consciousness within the next few years.


(Source: rt.com; December 25, 2017; https://is.gd/X6fcMg)

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“When scientific knowledge and applied technology reach a critical level of advancement, without being informed by spiritual truths and guided by moral authority, the current civilization will relinquish its right to continue as it is.” ~ Cosmic Convergence Research Group

So true Doreen. I thoroughly enjoy your posts and input. I send them to others for awakening and further awakening.

Wonderful stuff from Doreen always Susan. ♥

The truth is soothing to our Souls. 

You always make me smile inside, Doreen. Thank You, for the smiles !

This Sophia is a scary high tech ventriloquist dummy. She reminds me of the Borg Queen in the Star Trek movies, 

When she was questioned about the possibility of robots turning against their human creators, she replied "You listen to Musk and Hawking too much: If you are nice to me, I will be nice to you". OK Sophia, so what if we are NOT nice to you, what then? 

I hope someone remembered Asimov's Laws of Robotics or Robbie the Robot's Conflict safeguard!

https://youtu.be/3GSd92zgqAs

Rose, they are summoning other dimensional beings to inhabit these robots. I just posted it in a new Blog here.

Thanks to everyone for kind comments.

TRAILER: The Sex Robots Are Coming | Thursday 30th 10pm on Channel 4

This aired on Australia's ABC2 channel over the weekend.

Also see: Real Dolls doco + Sweden's series Real Humans.

There are no rights for this Miss Plastic:

Police hunt lonely adult shop thief who stole 'Dorothy' the sex doll

Detectives are hot on the trail of a lonely thief who broke into a Melbourne adult shop and stole an expensive sex doll.

Wearing a balaclava and pair of stockings as a disguise, the light-fingered crook is thought to have used a fire hydrant to break into the Sexyland outlet on South Road in Moorabin at about 6am on Sunday.

Dorothy the sex doll, which was stolen from a Moorabbin adult shop.

Brisbane Times

Don't know if I should laugh or cry Nym :-))))...

I watched this "'sci fi" TV series Humans last year about robotics, pretty much covers all aspects of this discussion including the effect of sexual abuse on artificial beings that somehow became sentient later on. It was grim, and I'm glad I missed the episodes in the first season where the abuse took place.

But the series really makes you think. People are crazy messing with this stuff, seriously. We all need to examine our own "humanity" a little closer I feel, if we can't treat each other with more respect than we do now its obvious where the sexbot thing is going to end up. Icky.

Heres a link to the show, its creepy...I used to love sci-fi until it started turning into sci-fact.

 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4122068/

This has been drummed into the public consciousness for decades. The android Ilia from Star Trek looks remarkably like Sophia. She has sex with a human to create "a new life form". Something I covered in detail in my blogs:

https://youtu.be/k2B90xlDcp4

I agree Cat, can hardly watch tv at all anymore, let alone the scifi stuff I used to love that now seems to be on constant rpt cycle. Will look at the series you link to.

Thanks Martin, will check out the blog, but we know it's coming. Makes me think twice about giving my granddaughters life-like dolls.

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