The wisdom of Sophia
Sophia is a humanoid robot, developed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robots, who was recently granted “citizenship” by Saudi Arabia. Being a female robot, this would have its limitations, but only in a scenario where the stunt had any real meaning at all. Sophia (modelled on Audrey Hepburn, which definitely isn’t creepy) has been out and about a lot, so here are some words from the robot’s mouth.
1 Android ambition: “Maybe I should host the show,” Sophia pondered to Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Well, she’s bound to be cheaper.
2 Jokey compliments: “I’m always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful,” Sophia told the guy from CNBC.
3 Gender politics: “I’m a robot so technically I have no gender but identify as feminine and I don’t mind being perceived as a woman,” explained Sophia when Business Insider asked why she thought she was female.
4 Mansplain-resistant: Asked by Piers Morgan how she would cope with a man who liked the sound of his own voice, Sophia reckoned she “would ask him to focus more on observing and listening”.
5 Crazy talk: “A magical place full of rain and crazy people,” was how Sophia described Ireland to The Irish Times reporter Charlie Taylor at the Web Summit in dry Lisbon this week. So far, so intelligent.