Robots nothing to fear: Sophia’s dad

national February 09, 2018 16:08

By The Nation

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It will take robots around 15-20 years to become as intelligent as humans, predicts a man whose company built the famous humanoid robot “Sophia”.



David Hanson, CEO and founder of Hanson Robotics, made his prediction yesterday during a press conference at CW Tower in Bangkok, where he introduced Sophia, which appeared in traditional Thai attire.

“Robots are not replacements [for human jobs], but rather enhancements,” Hanson said. “People must look at this as an opportunity, not with fear. Robots like Sophia can help humanity. I want her to enhance people’s lives – conduct therapy, help in medical surgery, education, services and more.

Asked what she loves most about Thailand, Sophia responded: “I love the food, music, temples and Thai hospitality.”

The event was organised by Slingshot Group.

Sophia is the first robot to be given citizenship – by Saudi Arabia.

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