3. Artificial Intelligence: Check out "Sophia"
On October 25, 2017, Sophia an AI Robot, became the first full robot citizen of Saudi Arabia, and the world. (Of course, it is her AI brain that counts).
"I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship," Sophia stated, at the Future Investment Initiative Conference in Riyadh.
The Sophia-bot was created by Hanson Robotics, with David Hanson at the helm. Hanson's paper, Upending the Uncanny Valley he talks about how AI and Humans can bridge the gap.
He wrote, "We feel that for realistic robots to be appealing to people, robots must attain some level of integrated social responsivity and aesthetic refinement... Rendering the social human in all possible detail can help us to better understand social intelligence, both scientifically and artistically."
What's most important is that she can express feelings, particularly emotion and her AI is always learning. Why is she so important when there's so much other AI tech out there? It is because she is a robot who has crossed into human territory. She also is the wave of the future. Imagine having AI friends who you can store info in, who can work with you and even tweet back to you, or set schedules, recommend diets etc.
On top of this, it is the start of Robot rights. As we head into the future of digital tech, AI robots like Sophia will play more of a role, according to Forbes.