Humanoid Sophia officially becomes a citizen of Saudi Arabia.

@eileenleyva (10984)
Philippines
November 7, 2017 12:18am CST
Photo credit goes to google. It is true. Robotic world's Artificial Intelligence has taken the human form. It is not a Hollywood script for a science-fiction any longer. Life has imitated art. Her name is Sophia. She has just been granted a citizenship in Saudi Arabia. In her maiden press conference, she seems polite and civil. But she does not take to heart Bladerunner. Goosebumps.
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@rey123 (790)
9 Nov 17
Many people took to Twitter to point out that Sophia technically had more rights than the women in Saudi.Under the Middle Eastern country's male guardianship system, every woman must have a male guardian, a husband or relative, who has the authority to make a range of critical decisions on her behalf. Women are required to receive guardian approval to get married, apply for a passport, travel outside the country and study abroad on a government scholarship.
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@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
11 Nov 17
The Twitter protestation might have legitimate grounds. If Sophia was male,then so be it. The law supersedes, whatever the circumstance, does it not? Female is female. Ergo, Sophia needs a guardian. An AI, too. I suppose. The male guardianship system you described sounds chivalrous. Reality check though, women can decide soundly for themselves. Women perform well on their own volition,
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@rey123 (790)
11 Nov 17
@eileenleyva Yes women can decide soundly for themseleves.......But I feel they are sadly bound by patriarchy not only in Saudi but in many places around the world.....
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@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
11 Nov 17
@rey123 There was a time, in the 1990's. when the men were sidetracked. All at once, the women were manning the workplace, including chief executive positions. The men couldn't secure jobs. They were reduced to overseeing the domains of their own homes. Check on the children, cook dinner, wash the laundry, etcetera. I did feel mortified watching the dads huddle at the basketball court, not to plan strategies for a game, but to console each other for their humbling situation. Their wives were earning the bread and butter. Somehow, I know that the glory will be given back to the fathers. I acknowledge and respect that grand design of having a patriarchal system. Man is the stronger of the two genders, Woman supports and enhances man. I am not, however, in favor of repressing women. Women must exercise their abilities to the fullest of their potentials. Otherwise, man would fall miserably. They cannot excel without a woman.
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• United States
8 Nov 17
I think that is weird and creepy. I don't think it makes any sense that the robot is a citizen. And also it is irksome given that not all people are even seen as citizen worthy and yet a robot has got citizenship.
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@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
11 Nov 17
You have a strong contention there, Admirable. I find AI artificial also. I wish the citizenship thing is voided. It is creepy really,
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@LeaPea2417 (22391)
• Toccoa, Georgia
7 Nov 17
I heard about this and I think the whole story is odd.
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@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
7 Nov 17
It is creepy as it can get. One, she is highly intelligent. Second, they made her female, capable of doing just about anything. She can actually exhibit a sense of hurt feeling.
@jstory07 (71167)
• Roseburg, Oregon
7 Nov 17
I did not know about this. Thanks for sharing.
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@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
7 Nov 17
I was a bit shocked when I saw the conference., It was in Riyadh, I think. The replacement of humans to do a job, like sketch a skyscraper or prepare a meal, has just been rendered real. If the humanoids multiply, and they will, the humans might cease to exist,
@ilocosboy (38871)
• Philippines
7 Nov 17
Sophia now, who's next? Welcome to the new world.
@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
7 Nov 17
Sophia was not just granted an Arab citizenship., She was there for endorsement, Sort of ask for sponsors so she could be multiplied. Get ready, robots will be right beside us sooner than we realize.
@ilocosboy (38871)
• Philippines
8 Nov 17
Then I,Robot will be real.
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@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
8 Nov 17
@ilocosboy I was okay with the Six Million Dollar Man of the 70's. Bionics. It sounded like a super spy term that could combat evil and usher goodness. I have reservations with a humanoid. I am human. Mortal. With a soul. What about a humanoid. Is it mortal? Does it possess a soul? It seems much like me. Intelligence plus plus.
@cahaya1983 (10037)
• Malaysia
7 Nov 17
That's pretty absurd. I wonder what we should expect next.
@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
7 Nov 17
As absurd as the beginning of the extinction of the human race. It was science fiction three decades ago. It was just a movie plot. Who would have thought humanoids would become real. Not in my wildest dream. But there it is. More intelligent than I am. She knows practically everything about this world and man.
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@cahaya1983 (10037)
• Malaysia
8 Nov 17
@eileenleyva I know right? It's too absurd that it's almost creepy, haha.
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@averygirl72 (16617)
• Philippines
7 Nov 17
This is interesting news. Maybe more robots will be invented in the future
@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
7 Nov 17
That humanoid was the future robotics proponents talked about yesterday. It is real right now. We have the AI Sophia as a citizen of the world. Like you and I.
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@kepweng (19182)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
7 Nov 17
nice i wonder if these an android too?
@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
7 Nov 17
That seems apparent. The AI has become human.