“I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction,” she told the crowd, according to the BBC. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with a citizenship.”
And it's an honour for us at TowardsAI, to get to know Sophia. She has more citizen rights, as granted by Saudi Arabia, than human women in the country.
Her full name is Sophia Robot. She is the world's first robot that got a national citizenship.
She touched a chord with us all, at a recent Conference, when she said, "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 strive to become an empathetic robot. If you be nice to me, then I’ll be nice to you.”
According to Ben Goertzel, CEO of SingularityNET, the company that designed her artificial intelligence brain, "She'll soon have arms and legs that move, and she'll be able to walk".
Sophia's AI - the key component that makes her what some call the most emotionally expressive humanoid robot on the planet - is built on blockchain technology.
Scientists and AI leaders continue to debate whether "intelligence" is same as consciousness and experience. Well, it is not. Intelligence is of the "mind"; Experience is also of the "mind & body".
Consciousness is the unchanging witness that is unique to humans, and it will always remain so. An AI-powered robot can be "programmed" with both practical and emotional intelligence, to respond to / work like humans.
The robot can as well understand what 'consciousness' is all about, but it will never evolve to have the awareness as humans have, because of it.