In October 2017, Sophia, a young woman took the headlines. Sophia is a creation of Hanson Robotics, and is the first robot to ever have an honorary citizenship in a country.
There is no denying that technology has advanced within the last decade. And we must accept it is the future. But surely this is a step too far?
Sophia is ‘a social robot that uses artificial intelligence to see people, understand conversation, and form relationships’, but the society we live in is not prepared for the technology being built.
My understanding is that robots within society are pointless.
Within Saudi Arabia, Sophia has been granted honorary citizenship, and had given numerous speeches as well as being on talk shows. For technology around the world this is remarkable.
Saudi Arabia, however, has been heavily criticised for showing a lack of respect for human rights when compared to the rights they are giving robots, due to Sophia quickly gaining more rights than millions of women in Saudi Arabia.
On Sophia’s first speech she appeared without the legally imposed dress code of a headscarf, an abaya, and a garment covering her down to her ankles, as well as not appearing with the company of a man; both of which are compulsory for women in Saudi Arabia.
How has it become acceptable for a man-made robot impersonating a human to have more rights than half the population of a country?
Nations have begun to make laws about robots’ actions and purposes. My understanding is that robots within society are pointless. They will make thousands redundant, leaving the society in more disorder than before.
Every year our population grows, and is predicted to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, so why do we feel the need to expand this further and create replicas only suited to the first world countries?
The development of robots is controlled by the three laws of robotics stating that: A robot may not injure a human being; A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law; A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law.
However, these rules are already being questioned due to the fact that the army for example has used such ‘robots’ also known as drones in order to carry missiles and bombs to kill humans. This is just one of many conflicting arguments regarding the robot revolution.