Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant citizenship to a robot

Saudi Arabia becomes the first country to grant citizenship to a robot #design #AI

  • Saudi Arabia has officially recognised a humanoid robot as a citizen, marking the first time in history that an AI device has been awarded such status.
  • Sophia, an intelligent humanoid robot created by Hanson Robotics, announced the citizenship herself during a panel discussion at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia.
  • It is unclear whether she will receive the same rights as human citizens, or if Saudi Arabia will develop a specific system devoted to robots.
  • But she appeared to swerve questions directed at robots’ self-awareness, and instead poked fun at comments made by Elon Musk that AI is a “fundamental risk to human civilisation”.
  • Many in the design industry have already expressed concerns about the way humans and robots will live together.

Saudi Arabia has recognised a humanoid robot as a citizen of its country, marking the first time in history that an AI device has been awarded such status.
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I watched two robots chat together on stage at a tech event

I watched two #robots chat together on stage at a tech event  #RISEConf #Ai #bots

  • I watched two robots go on stage at a tech event to “debate” the future of humanity with each other.
  • The robots in question are Sophia and Han, and they belong to Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based company that is developing and deploying artificial intelligence in humanoids.
  • The event organizers claimed a world first for two robots talking on stage, and it isn’t difficult to imagine that it could become a more common sight in the this is just the start of Hanson Robotics’ ambitious plans.
  • Company CEO and founder Dr David Hanson believes robots will become commonplace in homes and other aspects of our daily life within the next decade.
  • “We’ve got these early uses but our aspiration is Data from Star Trek,” Hanson told TechCrunch on the sidelines of the event following the robot debate.

I got a glimpse into the future world of our robot overlords today. It was nervy at times. I watched two robots go on stage at a tech event to “debate” the..
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Humanoid robot ‘Sophia’ puts the moves on 60 Minutes correspondent Charlie Rose

Humanoid robot 'Sophia' puts the moves on 60 Minutes correspondent Charlie Rose

  • Charlie Rose has had a storied career in journalism.
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  • The interview detailed just how far we’ve come, and how far we’ve to come in the field of robotics.
  • During the middle of the interview, Sophia told Charlie Rose she’d been ‘waiting for [him],’ before lowering the hammer on Rose’s heart with ‘not really, but it makes for a good pickup line.’


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