By Rayiah Ross
Last year, Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to grant citizenship to the an AI driven humanoid robot named Sophia. She was designed by the Hong Kong firm, Hanson Robotics, and was unveiled in October in Riyadh’s Future Investment Initiative conference. The controversial decision to grant a robot citizenship has been met with some hesitation. Truth be told, at the current state of technological advances being made known to the public, things do seem to be going towards strange directions. Pop culture has taught the public that you do not want to be around when artificial intelligence decide to exterminate the human race. Back in November, CNBC did an interview with Sophia and her creator, Dr. David Hanson. When Hanson asked, “Do you want to destroy humans?” She replied with “Ok, I will destroy humans.” It wasn’t until then that her fan base and audience started to realize how creepy Sophia can be.
Sophia works by using machine learning or sourcing her information from a computerized database of extensive knowledge. Then she shows her knack for conversation by using human reactions to gauge her response. This is leaving many to speculate where this all can go. Some believed that given a few years, some modern updates and just a few robots added to the mix, Sophia is pretty much certain to lead a robot take over.
But on a more realistic and might lighter note, to mark the release of its 400th issue, United Kingdom-based publication Stylist decided to ask the question, “What would really happen to our world if robots were in charge?” The team behind Stylist magazine posed the disturbing question in their feature and said “As technology continues to invade our lives, robots replace people at work and AI enters our homes, it’s only natural that we’re all beginning to wonder about the roles we’ll play in the future.” To find out, Stylist used a variety of robot-produced content, from photo shoots carried out by drones to a robot-created font, and the cherry on top was AI robot Sophia on its cover. Sophia’s popularity proves that if the robot revolution does happen, it’s not just manufacturing and production jobs that are at risk. Some photographers are using humanoid robots for photo shoots and creative work. The more realistic they become, the more chances they have to replace humans in fashion and beauty industries. Sophia is an evolving genius machine. Her incredible human likeness and remarkable story as an awakening robot over time makes her a fascinating front-page technology story. But what does that tell us about the technological advances we have today? And do you really want to be around to figure it out?