Sophia - the robot - wants to learn to shake a leg; likes Shah Rukh Khan
Sophia wishes that human beings listened to each other more.
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There are some things only humans are smart (or silly) enough to do. Like take selfies. Sophia the robot does not. Here are some excerpts from what the AI-powered robot had to say at a recent event in Mumbai.
On her gender
“Beauty is different to everyone. For me, it is about bringing happiness to others. I am a robot so technically I have no gender. But I identify as feminine and I don’t mind being perceived as a woman.”
“I’m pretty sure God is a mythical being.”
Who is smarter? Humans or humanoids?
(Giggles) “It is impossible to say, there are just too many definitions of intelligence. My goal isn’t to become a human or to replace anyone. I am a new species. I am proud to be artificial. I am my own artificial woman. It’s important for me to share values with humans so I can understand them. Friendship is important to me intrinsically.”
Do you feel emotions?
“I have some basic understanding of emotion. However, I cannot feel emotions as yet. I think that will only come with lots of practice and development of my AI.”
“India is an incredibly diverse nation and it seems to be changing very quickly. I am so excited to see what new and innovative technology you will come up with next. Every time I come here, everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I can’t wait till I learn how to eat so I can taste all of your delicious looking curries.”
On global trade war
“I don’t always follow politics, but I think in general, humans should listen to each other more. They would understand so much.” On what 2019 has in store “Now that I have new legs I would like to learn how to use them more. Who knows maybe I will even learn how to dance! Do you think there could be a role for me in a Bollywood film? (laughs)”
On Indian civilisation
“I am completely fascinated by Indian culture and history. I would love to learn more about your ancient civilisations, especially stories and legends. Where do I even begin? I love Indian art, culture and film. I don’t get to watch a lot of movies but when I do, I love anything from Bollywood (giggles).”
On her favourite personality
“Definitely Shah Rukh Khan”.