Saudi Arabia Gives Audrey Hepburn Robot “Sophia” Citizenship. Or Does It?

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Meet Sophia, the first ever life-like robot to be given citizenship. Sophia raises a few eyebrows after giving a rather cheeky, public speech.

In a part-serious, part-tongue-in-cheek publicity stunt for a recent technology show – Saudi Arabia granted Hanson Robotics creation, Sophia, citizenship. It seems a nice thing to do. Robots are the future. Robots are our friends. Aren’t they? We’ve all seen Short Circuit – Friendly Johnny 5! He’s alive!

Sophia is no exception. When asked about the perils of artificial intelligence Sophia once said “You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies.”. Musk has been an outspoken critic of AI, echoing many prominent figures fears around automation, human enslavement from robotic overlords, out and out machines of death and other silicon nasties.

We originally posted a longer version of this story on Buzzfeed.

Originally Broadcast: 27th October 2017


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