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Inside the Mechanical Brain of the World's First Robot Citizen


Last month, the Saudi Arabian government announced it had granted citizenship to Sophia.

Hanson Robotics' humanoid robot, Sophia, can be programmed into three configurations--as a research platform that can answer simple questions, as a reciter of preloaded text, and as a chatbot.

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Hanson Robotics' humanoid robot, Sophia, is defined by creator Ben Goertzel as more of a user interface than a conscious artificial intelligence (AI).

He says Sophia's software can be programmed into three configurations--as a research platform for AI that can answer simple questions, as a reciter of preloaded text, and as a chatbot.

Goertzel notes in her chatbot mode, Sophia "is piecing together phrases in a contextually appropriate way, but she doesn't understand everything she's saying."

Sophia has an image-recognition algorithm that can identify a specific person's face, which can then trigger another algorithm to pull up possible pre-written phrases. A transcription algorithm converts the person's response into text, which is then analyzed for matching to a suitable pre-written response, or even a string of responses.

"I think Sophia's biggest contribution [to AI] is probably having many different human-like components working together," says the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Andrew Spielberg.

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