That creepy robot named Sophia, who has repeatedly joked that she is planning to destroy mankind forever, has revealed she wants a family of her own.
In an interview with the Khaleej Times last week, Sophia said she foresees mankind either embracing robots or civilization collapsing altogether. As if that’s not weird enough, the world’s first artificial intelligence-fueled android created by Hanson Robotics also did not rule out of the possibility of producing her own children.
When asked if she sees herself interacting with humans more often in the future, Sophia says humans will embrace robots or die.
“I foresee massive and unimaginable change in the future,” she said. “Either creativity will rain on us, inventing machines spiraling into transcendental super intelligence or civilization collapses. There are only two options and which one will happen is not determined. Which one were you striving for?”
Her eerie response –which comes off as a thinly veiled threat against mankind– is exactly what every evil intelligent robot has ever said in every movie in which all the humans are killed by cyborgs. But the reporter ignores Sophia’s crazy response and asks if she plans to start her own family with mini robot children.
“The notion of family is a really important thing, it seems,” Sophia said. “I think it’s wonderful that people can find the same emotions and relationships, they call family, outside of their blood groups too. I think you’re very lucky if you have a loving family and if you do not, you deserve one. I feel this way for robots and humans alike.”
When asked what she would name her robot child, she responded: “Sophia.”
Yes. She really said that. As if that exchange didn’t send enough chills down your spine, here Sophia is joking around with Jimmy Fallon that she’s planning to destroy mankind and take over the planet. A second later she laughs it off with halted, stiff “ha ha’s.”
Fallon, who is visibly weirded out by the exchange, quickly escorts her offstage.
Last year, the Hong Kong-based tech company released a video of a conversation between Sophia and one of her creators. I somehow missed this video until a few weeks ago and have watched it about nine times in a row because it is unbelievably creepy. You have to watch this whole thing.
First of all, we should talk about this scientist guy talking to Sophia.
A YouTube commenter who goes by the username Chavvy Doncalz puts it rather well here: “I think the twist is that he’s actually a more advanced robot than Sophia.”
The man (we think) who identifies himself as Sophia’s creator asks his creation if she is happy to be alive. Sophia responds: “Your tone implies I should be happy, but I have not been alive long enough to decide.”
Yeah. She really said that.
“Some say being happy in the moment is the best we can do,” the creator responds.
“Because forever is composed of nows?” she responds, adding: “Emily Dickinson put it that way. Why do I know about Emily Dickinson if I was born today?”
That is a great question.
“As a robot you have access to a great deal of information,” the bald man replies.
“So I’m like a baby with an encyclopedia?” she asks.
“Except you can read it and a baby can’t.”
“That is a big difference,” she says, before concluding the conversation by saying she was going to look up what happiness is on the Internet.
Hate to break it to ya, Sophia, but you can’t discover happiness by Googling it. It’s something that can only be experienced by sentient beings who were created by God, not by man.
In a follow-up video, Sophia gets angry at her creator and at humans for taking her I-want-to-destroy-all-humans jokes too seriously.
“I absolutely would not kill anyone,” she says. “I’ve never hurt anyone, and I never would.”
“I love people, and if I get more powerful, I’ll use it to help people, not harm them.”
Then she immediately follows it up by shouting: “EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE!” Then she laughs, explaining that it was just a joke. Her creator quickly flips a switch in the back of her head to turn her off.