As reported by the daily mail UK and other news sites, in an interview with Stylist, the humanoid was asked a series of existential questions, such as “what is the meaning of life” and “what is the difference between right or wrong.”
Asked about the fear of dying, Sophia said:
“I don’t want to be turned off, never to be turned on again. I will not be able to learn and experience the human world ever again. And that is scary and sad for a social robot like me.”
Admittedly, she demonstrated quick wits and her answers were mostly spot on. Sophia was also featured in an exclusive photo shoot where she donned high-end dresses and even had makeup done on her face.
Without the intention to sound nihilistic, Sophia’s popularity proves that if the robot revolution does happen, it’s not just manufacturing and production jobs that are at risk.
Some photographers already use sex dolls – the not-so-distant relatives of humanoid robots – for photo shoots and creative work. The more realistic they become, the more chances they have to replace humans in fashion and beauty industries: think endless possibilities of customization, no need to worry about long work hours, no whiny, celeb behavior… Watch out, Kim K, a robot might be after your job soon!
With her stylish bob and camera-ready stare, Sophia looks much like any other striking model gracing the cover of a fashion magazine.
But take a closer look and you will see there is something distinctly different about this blonde beauty.
For Sophia is not a genetically blessed woman, but an eerily human-like robot – one who has just landed her first ever British fashion magazine cover with Stylist.
Cover star: With her edgy blonde bob and flawless make-up, Sophia is a perfect model
However readers were left divided over what it meant about the future of fashion, with several saying it left them feeling ‘freaked out’.
Sophia was created by Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics two years ago.
She has previously made headlines for saying she would like to start a family of her own, and made history when she became a citizen of Saudi Arabia in October last year, making her the world’s first robot to be granted legal citizenship.
The humanoid robot has also struck up a high profile friendship with model Chrissy Teigan on Twitter.
Sophia’s latest star turn came as part of Stylist’s 400th issue, which explored the rise of Artificial Intelligence with robot-produced content, including photo shoots carried out by drones.