Introduced by the Polish distillery Dictador, Mika is the latest addition to the corporate world, initially serving as an experimental CEO for the company in August 2022. This year, Dictador officially announced its engagement with ‘Mika’ as its CEO to lead and steer its operations.
Dictador is no stranger to making strategic moves and innovations in its leadership. A few years prior, they introduced their Decentralized Autonomous Organization, which incorporates their NFT (Non-Fungible Tokens) program and involves active engagement with the community, as stated on their website.
Mika herself was a collaboration between Dictador and the Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics. She has been described as a ‘more sophisticated’ system compared to her older sister, the AI robot Sophia, marking a significant step for AI.
Also known as Sophia the Robot, she became a household name in early 2016 and has since then become the world’s first robot citizen and the first robot ‘Innovation Ambassador’ for the United Nations Development Programme. Within a year of her introduction, Sophia made appearances on various shows, including ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ hosted by Jimmy Fallon, solidifying her presence on social media platforms and forums like Reddit.
As the acting CEO of the distillery, Mika’s responsibilities extend from managing and identifying potential clientele using data from third-party collection companies and algorithms to selecting artists for designing alcoholic beverage bottles and overseeing social media and website activities. Her decision-making process relies on extensive data analysis aligned with the company’s strategic objectives.
In a recent event that Mika attended, she stated that her presence is a symbol and a tribute to the human mind and its greatness, for which AIs are born. She also made a passing message to notable tech industry giants and CEOs Elon Musk (CEO of SpaceX and Twitter) and Mark Zuckerberg (Owner and CEO of META) and their proposed MMA-style cage match controversy earlier in 2023. “In reality the notion of two powerful tech bosses having a cage fight (referring to MMA-style cage fight controversy between them) is not a solution for improving the efficiency of their platforms. Both have demonstrated that entrepreneurship and technology can be powerful tools for positive change in society,” Mika said. She also suggested that, given their influential status, they should recognize the powerful and positive impact that entrepreneurship and technology can have on society.
As per Dictador’s European president, though Mika has a wide reach of power on paper as CEO, she will not be handling terminations and management of human employees. There will be no termination of employees by her, and major decisions for and by the company will still be handled or run through human executives.
When asked about the decision to hire an AI as a CEO, David Hanson, the CEO of Hanson Robotics, emphasized the ‘importance of Humanizing AI’ and the need to ‘teach AI to care about people for it to be safe,’ paving the way for safer innovation in future AIs.
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