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Android 'citizen' Sophia wants to have children

November 25, 2017 | Comment icon 19 comments

How exactly does an android procreate ? Image Credit: YouTube / Hanson Robotics
The eerily human-like creation has stated during a recent interview that she wants to start a family.
Created by Texas-based firm Hanson Robotics, the female robot known as 'Sophia' possesses a strikingly human-like face which combines the features of actress Audrey Hepburn with those of the wife of the company's CEO, David Hanson.

First activated back in 2015, Sophia has since become something of a household name thanks to numerous media appearances and last month became the first ever robotic citizen of Saudi Arabia.

During a recent interview in Dubai, she even hinted at the idea of starting her own family.
"The notion of family is a really important thing, it seems," she said. "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 about the potential for robots to take over from humans, she said:

"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."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Black Monk 5 years ago
So it's finally arrived: the age when we finally have real-life Krytens. Robots like this were once just the preserve of sci-fi. Now we finally have them.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Black Monk 5 years ago
Sophia is a humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics. It has been designed to respond to questions, and has been interviewed around the world. In October 2017, the robot became a Saudi Arabian citizen, the first robot to receive citizenship of any country. Sophia is conceptually similar to the computer program ELIZA, which was one of the first attempts at simulating a human conversation.[7] The software has been programmed to give pre-written responses to specific questions or phrases, like a chatbot. These responses are used to create the illusion that the robot is ... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Gary Meadows 5 years ago
Chicks and babies... Ammiright???
Comment icon #13 Posted by XenoFish 5 years ago
I know a few people like that.
Comment icon #14 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
First the robots are going to want families, and then..... ? Protect their families, of course!! Which means??? Eliminating threats.... meaning humans. Robot Identity Politics is probably how the cylons got started.
Comment icon #15 Posted by fred_mc 5 years ago
I've seen videos with that robot and other robots from Hanson Robotics numerous times during several years. They seem very impressive but I never manage to figure out how much that is ed and how much is improvised. I guess that it is all ed, otherwise I guess that they would already have a huge sales success with their robots. We would have robots all around us acting very similar to humans if they had really gotten as far as shown in the videos.
Comment icon #16 Posted by UFOwatcher 5 years ago
That reminds me, I need a new toaster...
Comment icon #17 Posted by Atomical 5 years ago
They're multiplying!
Comment icon #18 Posted by TripGun 5 years ago
Well, I guess I'll take one for the team to fulfill her dream. It might be weird with all the people standing around working the servos.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Occams Razor 5 years ago
Which one was the robot?

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