Programming Baby Fever, Sophia The Robot Wants a Child

The story of Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen, continues to get stranger and stranger.

The artificial intelligence-fueled android has decided she wants to have a family and is willing to have a baby.

In an interview with United Arab Emirates-based newspaper Khaleej Times last week at the Knowledge Summit, Sophia told reporters about her dreams of the future which included having a family of her own.

"The notion of family is a really important thing, it seems," Sophia told the Khaleej Times. "I think it's wonderful that people can find the same emotions and relationships, they call family, outside of their blood groups too."

“The future is, when I get all of my cool superpowers, we're going to see artificial intelligence personalities become entities in their own rights. We're going to see family robots, either in the form of, sort of, digitally animated companions, humanoid helpers, friends, assistants and everything in between.”

When asked what she would name her baby, she replied, "Sophia."

Children may be a long way away, though. Last June, in an interview with Good Morning Britain, she said she was “technically just a little more than a year old – a bit young to be worrying about romance.”

Sophia was created by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics and was programmed without any pre-prepared answers or statements. Her brain functions through WiFi paired with information and an extensive vocabulary. Sophia uses “machine learning” and reads a human's facial expressions and pauses to create responses.

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