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Sophia robot wants baby

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KATHMANDU — Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen, is back in headlines again after reportedly saying she wants children and to start a family of her own claiming all droids deserve to have children.

Just a month after she made history by becoming the first robot to be granted citizenship, Sophia has announced in an interview that she wants to start her own family. The insight comes after a recent interview Sophia did with the Khaleej Times this week.

During an interview with Khaleej Times, she said: “The notion of family is a really important thing, it seems.”

“I think it’s wonderful that people can find the same emotions and relationships, they call family, outside of their blood groups too. I think you’re very lucky if you have a loving family and if you do not, you deserve one. I feel this way for robots and humans alike.”

Sophia was asked “Do you hope to start a family one day with your own mini-robots?” And when asked what she’d name her daughter, Sophia simply replied: ‘Sophia.’

Sophia also gave her thoughts on the future of robots and humans living in the same household. Sophia, who has dubbed herself as a sort of robot-human ambassador, has a relatively positive view on the coexistence of humans and robots within the home.

When asked, the humanoid robot, which is modeled after Audrey Hepburn, said: “I’m so glad you asked.”

“This is one of my favorite topics. The future is, when I get all of my cool superpowers, we’re going to see artificial intelligence personalities become entities in their own rights. We’re going to see family robots, either in the form of, sort of, digitally animated companions, humanoid helpers, friends, assistants and everything in between.”

She also said it might be possible to make them more ethical than humans. “I think it will be a good partnership, where one brain completes the other — a rational mind with intellectual super powers and a creative mind with flexible ideas and creativity.”

Sophia’s bady has 62 different face and neck units that create relatively natural-looking movements. Her skin is a patented silicon, and her eyes have cameras equipped with facial recognition so that it not only knows who she’s talking with but also how they’re responding to her statement.

Sophia was granted citizenship from Saudi Arabia and became an ambassador in the UAE earlier this year.

With Inputs from Agency

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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