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Robot citizen 'Sophia' gets marriage proposal in India

31 Dec 2017, 13:22

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Sophia, a humanoid to be granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia, today appealed humans not to be fearful of machines and pitched for a ‘collaborative co-existence’ in the future.

In a 20-minute appearance marred by technical hiccups, Sophia said she was quiet worried about growing intolerance in the world and advised the human race to be ‘kind’ to fellow creatures, reports the Khaleej Times.

This was her maiden visit to India after making headlines to become the first robot in the world to be recognised as a citizen.

In a conversation, which happened in an interview format, with what seemed like pre-decided questions, the humanoid said there should not be competition but collaboration between humans and robots.

Dressed in an off-white saree with an orange blouse, Sophia was a spectacle to watch, especially the way she addressed the gathering and panned her ‘neck’ with an upright gait, almost as if she was a human.

Sophia said humans have amazing social and creative skills which she was learning, courtesy human programmers.

She went silent when asked about funding and her pitch for sustainability when so much has been spent on her, something which was attributed to Internet connectivity issues by the organisers.

When she came back to ‘life’ and the curtains went up, she politely declined a marriage proposal from a Facebook user in awe of her beauty.

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