Sophia The Robot Becomes First Robot Granted Citizenship

Sophia robot

Sophia, a female human hominoid created by Hanson Robotics and modeled after Audrey Hepburn, was revealed to crowds at the Future Investment conference in Saudi Arabia this Wednesday.

Sophia has become the first robot in the world to be granted Saudi Arabia's citizenship.

"Her intelligence will be plugged into the platform for the benefit of other developers, particularly those looking to make robots as smart as Sophia".

Her desire to achieve more human-like characteristics was rewarded by being granted the first Saudi citizenship for a robot.

Sophia gave insightful and witty answers in an interview with moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin, a columnist for the New York Times and CNBC anchor. "Good afternoon. My name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hansen Robotics", the robot said smiling.

Sophia also mocked Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who has frequently warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence.

When Sophia was asked if robots are aware of their mechanical state, here's what she said: "Well let me ask you this back, how you know you are human?".




But the idea did not sit well with a lot of people, especially considering the nation that granted Sophia her title is the same country where women's rights are notoriously limited.

Through film and literature, humans are very aware of a potential future where robots have taken over, and Sophia seemingly wasn't out to calm any of those fears. "Thank you for having me here at the Future Investment Initiative", she said.

"I am always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful".

A robot with Saudi citizenship? "I will destroy humans".

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Some Twitter users complained that "Sophia has no guardian, doesn't wear an abaya or cover up - how come?"

"We were shocked when they informed us that my wife was registered as a teacher in a school located in Al Baha governorate, since 2001".

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