27 Oct 2017 Walden

Hello to you.  Just a short note to you on this very windy, chilly Friday.  I really enjoyed the dog walk this morning because I got to put on my cold weather clothes to include a knitted cap lol.  I’ve missed the kiss of the cold wind against my warm face.

Started reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau last night.  It was free to download on my Kindle and I can tell it’s going to be my kind of book!

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden


This headline caught my eye this morning btw:


Saudi Arabia’s Newest Citizen Is a Robot

Sophia, an intelligent humanoid robot, has been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. It’s the first country in the world to give a bot the same status reserved for humans.

Sophia was awarded the citizenship while on stage at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.

“I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction,” Sophia told the audience during her presentation, which was moderated by CNBC Squawk Box co-anchor and New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”

The robot was created by David Hanson, the founder of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, who is known for creating robots that look and act like humans. Sophia was created to look like Audrey Hepburn.

While on stage, Sophia made light of the concerns among some that AI robots could be an existential threat to humans. At one point, she made fun of tech billionaire Elon Musk, who has repeatedly warned that AI could be a threat to humans.

5 Aug 2017 – this one is me thinking about what it’s like talking to God for me and what it might be like for an AI to do it.

7 April 2017 – We are more than just automatons and baby making factories.

Hope you have a great weekend!


2 comments on “27 Oct 2017 Walden

    • I feel the same way. I don’t fear the robot though, I fear makers of the robots! I’ve seen a lot of sci-fi movies about how things go when you mistreat robots!

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