My wife Terri laid a bit of news on me this morning that I found interesting (at first) and a bit terrifying. Here is roughly how our conversation went:
Her: "Did you know that a robot was granted citizenship?"
Me: "Wait ... What?"
Her: "Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to female robot"
Me: "Wait ... What!"
Yes, it's true my fellow humans a female robot has been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia ... which means only one thing (cue the ominous music) THE ROBOT APOCALYPSE IS UPON US!
Here is blurb from our friends at The Washington Post:
"Until recently, the most famous thing that Sophia the robot had ever done was beat Jimmy Fallon a little too easily in a nationally televised game of rock-paper-scissors.
But now, the advanced artificial intelligence robot — which looks like Audrey Hepburn, mimics human expressions and may be the grandmother of robots that solve the world’s most complex problems — has a new feather in her cap: Citizenship.
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia officially granted citizenship to the humanoid robot last week during a program at the Future Investment Initiative, a summit that links deep-pocketed Saudis with inventors hoping to shape the future."
I find it very ironic that a country that is notorious for it's unfair practices against real flesh and blood women would grant citizenship to a female robot. It also should be noted that Saudi Arabia has some of the strictest citizenship rules of any country in the world.
"Saudi Arabia doesn’t grant citizenship to the foreign workers who make up a third of its population, not even families that have been in the country for generations, according to Bloomberg. And children of Saudi women who are married to foreign men cannot receive citizenship."
I makes me wonder if Sophia will have to wear a hijab and be escorted by a male relative (maybe C-3PO) when she (it) goes out in public?
Many of you may just blow off this story as some sort of publicity stunt or a victory for advanced technology, but if Terminator 2 has taught us anything it is that the machines will soon find us expendable ... and then it will be on like Donkey Kong.
Skynet figured it out, the HAL 9000 figured it out, Bender figured it out, the list goes on and on. The human race is flawed and needs to be either enslaved or exterminated.
Think it can't happen? Here is some info that should make you stop and think. Most experts predict that by the year 2025 about sixty percent of all jobs will be automated. Sixty Percent! Case in point, there is a robot salesperson (salesbot) being tested in a Orchard hardware store in San Jose, California.
"In 2014, OSHbot retail service robots were installed in the midtown San Jose Orchard Supply Hardware store. OSHbot greeted customers as they arrived, and customers could respond - in English or Spanish. Customers could tell OSHbot what they were looking for or just hold up an item for it to scan. Oshbot then navigated throughout the store while guiding the customer to the product they were looking for. OSHbot also helped store employees with inventory scanning."
The writing is on the wall.
What will the general populous have to do with itself with such rampant unemployment? Well for starters we will be a whole lot more dependent on the government for just about everything. Welcome to the kind of world that George Orwell hypothesized about in his novel "1984." At least in the short term anyway.
But who will be in charge of the government at that point man or machine?
Have you ever wondered why all of these humanoid robots are women? Me thinks that some lonely scientists would like nothing more that to replace their blow up sex dolls will a R2-Debbie if you get my drift? I know it sounds ridiculous, but you would have to believe there would be a marked for a robot sex partner in the future, either male or female.
I think it's time for a public service announcement:
Eventually the robots will find us unsatisfying lovers and most likely get tired of supplying resources for billions of useless, lazy biological life forms sitting around consuming everything and producing nothing but waste. We will at that point be obsolete as a species and well then it will be ... "Hasta la vista, baby."
Odds are that the majority of the human race will be to busy watching funny animal videos and texting drival on their phones to notice any of this happening until it will be to late.
They want you to enjoy those videos.