The utter irony is painful. I am currently discussing abortion with an Atheist (watch for the upcoming post regarding that discussion) and while we debate personhood and humanity, a bunch of wires is given citizenship.
Sophia the “humanoid robot” has been given Saudi Arabian citizenship. You may recall that this is the same bag of bolts that became famous (or, infamous) for having stated that it will destroy humans, see video here.
Then again, while some are holocaustingly mass murdering human babies by the millions (for money) and selling their butchered (my apologies to butchers) corpses (for even more money) inanimate objects such as rivers and mountains have been granted personhood status. Although, “it’s not clear if Sophia will have the same rights as a human Saudi Arabian citizen” as noted by Megan Cerullo who wrote, “Saudi Arabia bestows humanoid robot with citizenship,” New York Daily News, October 26, 2017 AD.
The literal talking head robot was designed by David Hanson of Hanson Robotics.
The announcement was greeted by the audience at the The Future Investment Initiative meeting.
Sophia demonstrated that the vice of pride has either been programed into it or it has come upon it by itself: not! It stated, “I am very proud” and continued, “and honored for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”
Apparently having had a change of mind (or having been reprogrammed) it stated, that its goal is to “help humans live a better life…to live and work with humans…I need to express emotions to understand humans and build trust with people…I will do my best to make the world a better place.”
But keep in mind that this is not strong A.I. as in sentient, self-aware, etc. this is just a program that regurgitates pre-programmed slogans by some sort of styled random sequence system.
The robot even told the actual human who was interviewing it, Andrew Ross Sorkin, that he was “reading too much Elon Musk” adding “don’t worry, if you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Treat me as a smart input-output system.” Oh, yes, I will: now just how does a bunch of electrical reactions define “nice,” how does it sustain that definition and what happens when that definition evolves (or, de-volves)?
So, this is the transhuman era to which we are heading: machines are persons and humans are expendable.
As Elon Musk put it, “with artificial intelligence we are summoning a demon.” Yet, Musk’s statement is a styled scare tactic to promulgate having humans become cyborgs so as to be less threatened by strong A.I. See here for some of Musk’s relevant statements.
Note that the logo for Hanson Robotics consists of an “H” that appears to be compost of the two Taoist/I-Ching (Chinese divination) for thunder and Earth: Jesus said, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven” (Luke 10:18) Satan as lightning which is followed by thunder fall from heaven to the Earth???
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