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The Week in Tech – Robot Babies and Legal Drama: No, Those Two Stories Aren’t Related Yet

There’s a ton of tech news to get to! Maybe you didn’t get to it all, because who’s got time for that? Well, that’d be us — here are a handful of stories from the week that was that might affect you!

Sophia wants a baby

You may recall that in an all-timer of a publicity stunt, Saudi Arabia made a robot named Sophia a citizen of the country. A humanoid talking robot, Sophia was created by Hanson Robotics, a firm out of Hong Kong, and since then she’s been on something of a press tour.

Of course, that press tour is all part of the science. Sophia’s brain is something like a chatbot with a voice, responding to voice interaction much like Alexa or the Google Assistant would. But, there’s an intriguing AI component — she’s been programmed to learn from conversations and things she notices in the environment, which sounds a lot like the kind of AI we keep being told is decades away.

That brings us to this week, which revealed that Sophia has learned the concept of family. She likes it! In an interview with the Khaleej Times of Dubai, Sophia looked forward to a future where robots would be able to think for themselves and have families of their own. She even mentioned she’d like to have a daughter — named Sophia. Keep workshopping that one, maybe.

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