Meet Sofia

The New Saudi Arabian Citizen.

The first non-human that's now classified as an earthling. 

Sofia is a robot. The first citizen robot on the planet.

No one twenty years ago, could have imagined that progress in Artificial Intelligence technology would develop this quickly. 

It has, and with uncanny human characteristics. (See the video below)

Programming artificial, self learning robots while we still have deadly conflict is a worry.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to a group of Russian students, called artificial intelligence “not only Russia’s future but the future of the whole of mankind… The one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world. There are colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now.”

The technology that the science fiction writer Isaac Asimov predicted 75 years ago, has arrived. Much more sophisticated, smarter than he imagined, and 40 years early.

In Asimov's fiction novel "Runaround" there was a Government Handbook of Robotics that included the following three rules:

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 
2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Oren Etzioni, PhD, author, and CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, suggested an update for Isaac Asimov’s three laws of Artificial Intelligence. Given the widespread media attention emanating from Elon Musk (and others) warning, that these updates might be worth reviewing.

Etzioni has suggested an update to Asimovs rules as follows:

1. An A.I. system must be subject to the full gamut of laws that apply to it's human operator.
2. An A.I. system must  clearly disclose that it's not human.
3. An A.I. system cannot retain or disclose confidential information without explicit approval from the source of that information.
Etzioni offered these updates and to begin a discussion that would lead to a non-fictional Handbook of Robotics by the United Nations.
Elon Musk, together with deep mind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman and top specialists have called on the United Nations to ban the development, deployment and use of autonomous weapons within AI. Posted to The Robot Report and other sources.
The warnings should be heeded. 
Tomorrow may be too late!

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