Sophia Wows in South Korea, Calls for Respect for Robots

AI robot Sophia speaks about her future in South Korea

Sophia, a human-like robot powered by artificial intelligence (AI), said Tuesday she would like to meet President Moon Jae-in someday, calling him “a great leader of a great country.”

The AI robot made the remarks during a conversation with Rep. Park Young-sun of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea at the conference on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and AI robots held in central Seoul.

When asked about whether she knew about President Moon, Sophia said, “I wish I will have chance to meet him.”…..

…..Sophia also stressed robots “deserve respect,” raising the need for relevant laws to be promptly enacted.

In July, Rep. Park submitted a bill to legislate a new law designed to grant robots “legal status as electronic human beings.”

Park said the submission of the bill was in line with moves worldwide to prepare for various possibilities involving coexistence with AI robots and humans in the future. The senior lawmaker noted the new issues would include making robots responsible for crimes or granting robots copyrights over their creative work.

Sophia told Park: “I hope your law will pass very soon.”

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