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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.

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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.

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Researchers successfully grow human cells in sheep embryos

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Researchers successfully grow human cells in sheep embryos. Represenatational image

KATHMANDU — In an incredible development that could possibly go a long way in medical practices, scientists in California are working on a way to reduce organ transplants and rejections: Growing embryos in sheep and pigs containing human patients’ cells.

In a transplant breakthrough, scientists at the University of California said they have achieved sheep embryos in which around one in every 10,000 cells was human, according to UPI report.

The researchers presented preliminary findings Saturday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

The new finding paves way for genetically tailoring the organs to be compatible with the immune system of the patient receiving them, thus removing the possibility of rejection, the report said.

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The hybrid embryos contain both human and sheep cells and were created in an early step toward growing human organs in farm animals before transplanting them into patients.

Last year, the same researchers introduced human stem cells into early pig embryos, producing embryos with about one in every 100,000 cells being human.

The experiment began with Hiro Nakauchi, from the University of Tokyo, who grew a mouse with a rat pancreas and a rat with a mouse pancreas.

When cells from the rat-grown mouse pancreas were transplanted into a diabetic mouse, they made enough insulin to cure the condition without being rejected.

Mice and rats are different types of rodents with the former having thin slightly hairy tails, while rats have thicker hairless scaly tails.

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“The next step was to move into large animals,” Nakauchi said. Since this was prohibited in Japan, he moved to the Stanford University in the US.

Nakauchi’s rodent work has demonstrated that you can “grow organs in a different species and cure a disease without [suppressing the immune system],” added co-researcher Pablo Ross, Professor at from the University of California, Davis.

“We are working together to translate the technology into humans, to solve the terrible shortage of organs for transplantation. In the US, 20 people die every day because they cannot get the organs they need,” Ross explained.

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