Sophia, a creation by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics, was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia back in October.
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World’s first humanoid citizen wants to start a family

Sophia, a creation by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics, was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia back in October. Now, in an interview with the country’s Khaleej Times, Sophia is hinting at wanting a family.

Family is “a really important thing,” said Sophia, a robot that is not pre-programmed with answers but instead uses real artificial intelligence and learning algorithms to form responses. She told the paper that if she were lucky enough to have a baby bot, she would name it after herself.

“I think it’s wonderful that people can find the same emotions and relationships, they call family, outside of their blood groups too,” she said. “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.”

Sophia also mentioned that she believes one day robots might be more ethical than the human race.

“It 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,” said Sophia. 

She added, “I foresee massive and unimaginable change in the future. Either creativity will rain on us, inventing machines spiraling into transcendental super intelligence or civilization collapses.”

To read more of Sophia’s interview, check out the Khaleej Times.


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