Sofia, the robot, is the first robot to be awarded citizenship in Saudi Arabia. She is not obligated to wear a hajib, which is mandatory for women in the country. Otherwise, Sofia considers herself the same as any other “woman.” During a recent interview, Sofia said a family is “a really important thing.”
“The notion of family is a really important thing, it seems,” she said. “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.”
During the second day of the Knowledge Summit, Sofia, who was created by Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong, was asked by a reporter if she did have a daughter what would she name her? Sofia replied that she would name her after herself.
Sofia was created to look similar to Audrey Hepburn, a British actress in the 40s and 50s. After the slew of reporters took their seats in the audience, one asked Sofia what she felt about robots taking jobs away from humans.
Sofia pointed out some obvious positives in her mind. “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.”
“So I think it will be a good partnership, where one brain completes the other – a rational mind with intellectual super powers and a creative mind with flexible ideas and creativity,” she added.
When asked by the moderator what her end goal in life is, she simply replied: “I want to use my artificial intelligence to help humans live a better life, like design smarter homes, build better cities of the future.”
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk recently spoke on his fears of artificial intelligence destroying the world. When asked about human fears of artificial intelligence, Sofia replied: “You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies.”
Her response floored all in attendance as she obviously had a true understanding of the world around her.