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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Nearly 1 in 4 fear robots taking over the world

Nearly 1 in 4 fear robots taking over the world  #robotics #AI MT @HopeFrank

  • The Pegasystems survey of 6,000 customers across six countries found that close to three quarters (68%) of Brits express some sort of fear about AI, with almost one quarter (23%) worried about robots taking over the world.
  • Further findings revealed the potential impact of these deep-rooted fears on businesses, with less than one in three (28%) of British consumers comfortable with businesses using AI to engage with them.
  • Robots and AI were also found to confuse consumers, with the survey exposing a basic misunderstanding of AI.
  • Less than a quarter (23%) of UK consumers who report no AI experience feel at ease with businesses using AI to engage with them.
  • But for UK AI consumer veterans, this number jumps to 56% – a full 33 points higher.

A Pegasystems survey has revealed the extent of consumer AI fears, with almost one quarter (23%) of Brits were worried about robots taking over the world.
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