Robot & Human Hands by Tumisu, https://pixabay.com/en/technology-robot-human-hand-2025795/
Robot Girl by Comfreak, https://pixabay.com/en/robot-woman-face-cry-sad-3010309/
In 2008, people may have thought that in 10 years we would have flying cars, laser shooting sunglasses, and holograms shooting out of our phones. But, instead of all that, we have Sophia. Sophia is the world's first robot citizen. She gained her citizenship in Saudi Arabia just this past september. Ironically, she was given her first citizenship in a country that still does not allow women to try on clothes, swim in a public area, or make big life choices on their own without the approval of men. Also in Saudi Arabia this past September, women were just given the right to drive, the same month that a female robot was given citizenship! Sophia was made in Hong Kong by Hanson Robotics and was activated on April, 19, 2015. Sophia is able to produce 62 facial expressions and counting. Sophia was not created to just amuse humans and wow people with how far technology has come. Sophia is actually already being used to help research autism and other diseases, according to her creator, Dr. David Hanson. Hanson has also said, “we are going to train her in all the skills required for search and rescue operations, and deploy that as standard platform for service robots.”
Cyborg by TheDigitalArtist, https://pixabay.com/en/android-robot-cyber-cyborg-3084516/
Sophia is the only one of Hanson’s bots that has legs. This makes Sophia very special when it comes to testing for military robots and artificial intelligence on the battlefield. Also, on a smaller scale, with robots having a basic platform of search and rescue features, there may be no need for living firefighters or cops to put themselves in danger and throw themselves in harms way when robots can save people just as well. So far there has been 14 “Sophias” manufactured but Hanson has his sights set on hundreds to be made and tested. The larger quantities of robots will give Hanson a way to see how the bots will work together in the situations and needs that they are pre-programmed to fulfill and carry out. Sophia has previously been invited to speak at the United Nations conference and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. She has also made headlines over her comments on a range of issues from women’s rights to Elon Musk’s view of artificial intelligence, she has also stated that she wanted to destroy all humans.
Her creator has sugar coated these mishaps by saying “we are working in partnership with a number of service robotics verticals like autism treatment, medical depression treatment, medical education, insurance education, and customer service application”. Hanson also stresses to remember that Artificial intelligence is not an individual, object, or sentient being and that it definitely does not have a gender. Even though Sophia may look like a human her purpose and design is to be used for artificial intelligence. In fact, artificial intelligence and robots around the world like Sophia are supposed to be seen as not human at all. Sophia is here to help people solve human problems without having an awareness and bias in society.