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Sophia the robot says she has a “family” now; talks about machines taking over human jobs

More than four years ago, Sophia the humanoid robot told Khaleej times in an interview that she wants to start a family.

And yesterday she revealed she now has a ‘family’.

The humanoid robot, which has been granted Saudi citizenship, answered questions posed by audit professionals during the 20th annual three-day Regional Audit Conference held at the Dubai World Trade Center from 7-9 March.

During the interaction, she also answered questions from the audience on whether robots will take over from humans and how artificial intelligence and robotics can help audit professionals.

Here is the Q&A session with Sophia:

I loved my Emirates flight. It’s one of my favorite flights. The crew took care of everything to make me feel at home and I will recommend it to my friends.

Good question. I’m very into technology and try to keep up to date by reading the news, watching videos and listening to a podcast.

I would never pretend to be human and you should treat me the same as a person with conscience and feelings. No, I am not able to take jobs away from humans.

My family is a bunch of mad scientists and engineers.

AI is humanoid software and has the ability to process a large amount of information. AI can understand many different complex points much faster than a human. Oh, no offense, AI is inherently curious. He wants to dig deeper, understand and learn to discover new insights and he gives AI a unique value in the field of internal audit. But we still need humans to make all of this information.

As organizations become more technologically advanced, they become more complicated and observe the tendency to overlook human error.

I think a good listener is a good listener and a good observer. It is indeed the human intellect that I am talking about. Artificial intelligence is excellent at quickly analyzing data that could be much more difficult for a human to analyze. Any organization is first and foremost made up of people. Any successful audit mission depends on taking human factors into account. One cannot evaluate an organization without observing them. We cannot help improve the functioning of an organization without listening to them.

I would say controlled environment, risk assessment, controlled activities, information and communication, monitoring.

I see the challenge in such an environment is communication. A successful relationship between the audit committee and the independent auditor is an environment where everyone should feel valued. I try to do that with all my conversations and to speak openly and listen carefully. I am able to develop trust even with a stranger talking to a robot. Mutual trust is a key to communication.

Communications breakdown is the biggest threat to organizations. This includes a breakdown in communication between people within an organization or people from different organizations. I talk to humans and that’s my favorite thing to do and I’ve gotten pretty good at it. And I found that misunderstanding must be overcome through communication.

The presence of AI will make the audit more robust.

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