BENADOR: SOPHIA FIRST SAUDI ROBOT CITIZEN
First Saudi robot citizen: Sophia. Indeed, three days ago, Saudi granted the first robot citizenship ever to Sophia, created by Dr. David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics, based in Hong Kong.
With abundant news, readers may have missed this important piece of information. It happened at The Future Investment Initiative (FII) by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) which is a pioneering new global investment event that took place in Riyadh between 24-26 October 2017.
It was hosted under the patronage of “the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud,” and under the leadership of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and Chairman of PIF.
Groundbreaking: A Saudi citizen robot
It happened in this context that the Saudis granted citizenship to Robot Sophia.
This artificial intelligence humanoid prototype showed her ability to handle a conversation, with human gestures and quite an appropriate array of responses befitting the occasion.
Take a look and give it a deep thought.
The intricacies of this man-made creation are incredible but, take a second and breathe, for it will never be like the G-D-created-human brain, unquestionably.
The fact that a human being interacts with a machine as if it was a human being is troubling, to say the least.
One lingering topic is, naturally, if robots will at one point in the future upstage humans.
Maria Bartiromo, one of the leading financial investment anchors asked Brad Keywell this question.
While Maria agrees with the safeguards mentioned by Mr. Keywell and they both feel quite at ease with measures to tightly monitor the robots they seem oblivious to the fact that some robots have developed their own language and that their handlers had to disconnect them for that reason.
Point in case, recently Facebook AI had to urgently unplug two of those robots.
That said, trustworthy sources in the field of artificial intelligence have confided in this author that despite unplugging the robots, the communication among them persisted. We will see what the future holds in this respect.
What about Saudi human rights before giving rights to a robot?
This news is per se worrisome. Saudi has not yet gotten rid of their horrific problems and in this author opinion, they are now adding one more element to that list.
Human rights, the real human rights are obviously not at the top of Saudi’s list and giving a machine, a robot citizenship shows the distorted values in a country that should be targeting their terrorists, the financial funding of terrorism, as well as stopping the war against the poor people in Yemen, but above all the moral reform where beheadings should be uprooted also from the list of government punishments, as much as leashing or mutilating their poor citizens.
Instead, Saudi serves the world the bad news.
Granting a robot, a machine, citizenship is not exciting, it is degrading and debasing of the human species, G-D’s Creation.
But what else could anyone expect from the globalist and terrorist backing, Saudi government?
Indeed, so much for Allah hu Akbar.
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