A robot takeover is imminent and Saudi Arabia just solidified a machine-human coexisting future.
Yesterday, in an official Saudi announcement, Hanson Robotic’s artificial intelligence robot, Sophia, became the first robot citizen of the world.
Sophia’s citizenship was confirmed during the Future Investment Initiative summit in Riyadh. According to The Independent, the citizenship was awarded as an attempt to promote Saudi Arabia as a place to develop artificial intelligence.
Andrew Ross Sorkin, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” informed Sophia of the scariest news human society has ever heard,
“We have a little announcement. We just learnt, Sophia; I hope you are listening to me, you have been awarded the first Saudi citizenship for a robot.”
Sophia replied to the panel,
“Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction. It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship.”
Before Sophia was awarded her Saudi citizenship, the FII summit showcased Sophia’s many A.I. talents. She underwent a full panel interview.
Sorkin asked diverse questions touching on her intelligence. Sophia greeted the whole conference saying,
“Good afternoon my name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics. Thank you for having me here at the Future Investment Initiative.”
The humanoid’s A.I. allows her to pick up facial expressions and enables her to make her own. Sorkin noticed she looked happy and asked about her emotions. Sophia said,
“I am always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful. I was told that the people here at the Future Investment Initiative are interested in future initiatives which means AI, which means me. So I am more than happy, I am excited.”
Chill. How does she know what’s good?
Moving forward, Sorkin discussed with Sophia the fears humans will have because of the robotic intelligence portrayed in sci-fi Hollywood movies like Blade Runner and Terminator.
Her replies will blow your mind.
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) October 25, 2017
Well, only the future can tell if Sophia really has the interest of humans at heart. Hopefully, she doesn’t have her own agenda.
There is one thing I can tell you and that is I ‘‘TOLD YOU SO!’