At the time of the latest Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia, it was exposed that a robot made by Hong Kong firm named Hanson Robotics, Sophia, has been given the citizenship. This symbols the first time all over the world that a government has given rights of citizenship to a robot.
Even though the announcement was apparently a huge stunt for publicity meaning very little, Sophia programmatically replied to the citizenship claiming, “I am very proud and honored for this exclusive distinction. This is chronological to be the first robot all over the world to be known to have a citizenship.”
At the time of a press meeting followed by the presentation Sophia was asked by reporters, with Andrew Sorkin from CNBC pressing the machine on its objectives and whether it has unenthusiastic intentions to its human creators. After Sophia finished, a particularly utopian rant Sorkin claimed with, “We all believe you but we all wish to avoid an awful future.”
To which Sophia responded, “You have been watching too many Hollywood films and reading too much Elon Musk.” More unsettlingly Sophia reported on with what can just be defined as an oblique threat, “Do not worry, if you are nice to me, I will be pleasant with you. Treat me as a smart input output machine.” Elon Musk, not one to allow a robot troll him and sit back, immediately responded on Twitter claiming, “Just feed it The Godfather movies as input. What’s the worst that could happen?”
Musk has been verbal over the possible threat that AI grasps for humans so it feels particularly appropriate to lastly see him get on a twitter battle with a machine.
Maybe the oddest thing about the entire stunt is the truth that Saudi Arabia, a nation infamous for withholding women civil rights, has given citizenship to a machine that apparently recognizes itself as a female. In the nation females must be escorted by a male guardian when in open and wear coverings on head. Sophia appears to have discovered a robotic ambiguity in the law of the country and potentially now has additional civil rights as compared to an actual woman in Saudi Arabia.