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Controversies Spark As A Robot Woman Is Granted Citizenship To Saudi Arabia

Sophia, a robotic woman, has been granted citizenship to the Middle Eastern nation of Saudi Arabia.

But who is Sophia? Well to answer that you have to go back, back to a man known as David Hanson. Dr. Hanson founded the company Hanson Robotics in 2003 in order to, according to their press statement, “Bring robots to life, literally.” The Hong Kong-based company prides itself on creating the world’s most lifelike artificial intelligence. Shell bodies combined with ‘Character Engine cognition software,’ the robots can think for themselves, with the ability to perceive emotions and understand conversation.

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David Hanson on stage explaining the process of creating Sophia. Moment captured by Getty Images.

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‘Death Wish Coffee’ Recalled Due To Risk of Deadly Toxin

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Order of Death Wish Coffee ready to be shipped. Photo captured by Michael P. Farrel / Times Union

          Ironically, the aptly named Death Wish Coffee Company has come into the spotlight recently due to a recall of cold brew cans. The reason? Their nitro drinks may potentially contain deadly toxins. Continue reading ‘Death Wish Coffee’ Recalled Due To Risk of Deadly Toxin