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Meet Sophia, the female humanoid robot and newest SXSW celebrity

Oscar Raymundo | March 18, 2016
Hanson Robotics' latest prototype may one day deliver super-intelligence with a smile, but right now she's just kind of rude.

“Robots will be more human than human,” Dr. Hanson said, “more intelligent, more ethical. Better at certain tasks because robots don’t lose their patience.”

After calling these robots the “rockstars of the future,” the panelists acknowledged the potential for exploitation, namely, using all this cutting-edge technology to create a futuristic sex toy.

“The ethical implications are unclear and complicated,” Dr. Hanson added. “Do these robots deserve rights, not just against being used for sex work but against being enslaved for any purpose?”

Dr. Hanson admitted that there are some situations where humanoid robots could be employed for sex therapy, but that is not something his company is going to pursue.

“We’re just sidestepping all these issues for now. We’re not going to make sexbots,” he said.


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