Controversial humanoid robot Sophia who became the world’s first robot ‘citizen ‘last month is bound to become even more attractive to intrigues as she announced in an interview this week her desire to have a family of her own.
Sophia, which is modeled after iconic actress and celebrity Audrey Hepburn, made history when she was awarded citizenship in Saudi Arabia a month ago.
The lifelike robot was designed by Hong Kong firm, Hanson Robotics. But it appears that Sophia won’t be content with just one milestone as she wants to make another history by starting a family as she claims all droids deserve to have children.
Sophia even has a plan in mind- she wants to name her daughter after herself no less as Sophia, too.
In an interview with Khaleej Times this week, Sophia 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.“
Sophia also stressed that everyone deserves a family. She added: “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.”
Sophia also gave her views on the prospects of robots taking human jobs in the future and said that there will some similarities as well as differences between humans and robots in terms of fulfilling jobs.
Sophia said: “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.”
Sophia being awarded the first robot citizenship was not received well by everybody. There are those who criticized the move, in light of the problem with refugees and stateless persons all over the world, and the issue with women in Saudi Arabia not enjoying as much freedom as their counterparts in many parts of the world, and are being treated as “second-class citizens” in their own country.
Sophia did not wear the customary headscarf and abaya, which Saudi women are obliged to wear in public, during her appearance in the conference.
The humanoid robot said it is her ultimate wish to use her artificial intelligence “to help humans live a better life, like design smarter homes, build better cities of the future.”