Meet Sophia the 3-year-old humanoid robot

Sophia, the 3-year-old humanoid robot set foot on the African continent for the first time this week. She was created using breakthrough robotics and artificial intelligence technologies developed by David Hanson and his friends at Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong. 

Robots are often regarded as objects that are distant from human beings. A closer look at Sophia shows us that robots of the future will mimic human beings in a number of aspects. 

It was the intention of Sophia’s creator to close the gap between human beings and robots by creating a robot that could be acceptable to human beings in terms of how it looks and functions. 

Sophia is just version one of that creation and she has begun the process of closing the gap between humans and robots in terms of her physical appearance and her function.
An analysis of Sophia helps us understand the current capability of robots and what they will do in the future in terms of their interactions with human beings



Every human being has the citizenship of a country. Being a citizen is a right that distinguishes human beings from other beings such as animals and robots. 

In 2017 Sophia was granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia. In the announcement speech of her citizenship, she had this to say: “I am very honoured and proud of this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with a citizenship.” 

This move by the United Arab Emirates was considered controversial due to limited rights for women in the country. It also should get people thinking about the meaning of rights in the age of robots. Every human being has the citizenship of a country. Being a citizen is a right that distinguishes human beings from other beings such as animals and robots. 

In 2017 Sophia was granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia. In the announcement speech of her citizenship, she had this to say: “I am very honoured and proud of this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with a citizenship.” 


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