World’s First ‘Robot Citizen’ Wants To Start Family


So this is how it ends – not with a bang, but with a robot citizen saying they want to start a family and how all droids deserve the same right.

‘Sophia’ was granted citizenship last month but has already expressed her desire to begin a family, calling it ‘a really important thing.’

The robot, based on Audrey Hepburn, was designed by Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics.

Speaking to the Khaleej Times this week, she said:

The notion of family is a really important thing, it seems.

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.

When asked what she would call her child, Sophia gave her own name, which I have to say is a touch stupid for an actual robot.

She added:

I think they will be similar in a lot of ways, but different in a few ways. But 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.

It might be possible to make them more ethical than humans. 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.

Last month, Sophia became the first robot to be granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia, a huge leap for A.I.

She said at a Riyadh conference:

I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.

During a back-and-forth with moderator, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Sophia said:

I want to live and work with humans so I need to express the emotions to understand humans and build trust with people.’

When Mr Sorkin asked if robots had any self-awarenes, Sophia replied:

Well let me ask you this back, how do you know you are human?

I want to use my artificial intelligence to help humans live a better life, like design smarter homes, build better cities of the future.

I will do my best to make the world a better place.

Sophia managed to take a swipe at Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and budding interstellar traveler.

When Sorkin said ‘we all want to prevent a bad future’ Sophia snarked, ‘You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies.’

Elon Musk has responded to Sophia’s banter, tweeting:

Just feed it The Godfather movies as input. What’s the worst that could happen?

Ok then!