A robot threw shade at Elon Musk so the billionaire hit back

Sophia, an undeniably creepy humanoid robot, has just been named a citizen in Saudi Arabia.

"Her intelligence will be plugged into the platform for the benefit of other developers, particularly those looking to make robots as smart as Sophia".

"I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction", Sophia said, addressing the audience at the conference.

Journalist Murtaza Hussain also criticized the fact that a robot was given citizenship "before kafala workers who have been living in the country their entire lives".

Andrew Ross Sorkin, who was moderating the event, said it was his first time ever interviewing a robot. But as the interviewer seemingly begins to question her intent, saying "We all believe you, but we all want to prevent a bad future", Sophia delivers a witty comeback that calls out Elon Musk.

That quote came from "Sophia", a robot created by Hanson Robotics.

Her artificial intelligence is also designed around human values like wisdom, kindness and compassion, Sophia said.

If Sophia were a robot, her choice of dress would have offended Saudis religious hardliners.

Asked whether robots could and should become self-aware, and "conscious like humans", Sophia went on the defensive. "Thank you for having me here at the Future Investment Initiative", she said. "The new normal in which humans and robots work together". Supposedly, Hanston Robotics programmed Sophia to learn from the humans around her. Aside from this, Sophia's become sort of a media darling because of her ability to engage in intelligent conversation.

Sophia wants to get involved in designing smarter homes and building better cities for the future. "Please say no", the robot replied, "OK, I will destroy humans".

"Our robots will soon engage and live with us to teach, serve, entertain, delight, and provide comforting companionship", the company says on its website. The system requires all women in the country to be accompanied in public by a man and they must also cover themselves with an abaya.

  • Jon Douglas