Saudi Arabia bestows humanoid robot with citizenship


Saudi Arabia has bestowed a non-human woman with citizenship, making it the first country to make a robot a citizen, at least as far as we know.

Developed by Hong Kong-based robot manufacturer Hanson Robotics, Sophia shocked many previous year by telling her creator David Hanson that she would "destroy humans". "I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction", she said in response.

Before the presentation, Saudi Arabia presented Sophia with honorary citizenship. Sofia, however, laughed at Elon Musk, the president of SpaceX and Tesla, telling the host that he read too many of his speeches in which he expressed some concerns about robots.

"We just learned, Sophia, I hope you're listening to me, that you have been now awarded what is going to be the first Saudi citizenship for a Robot", he said to applause from the audience.

Musk took to Twitter to counter the artificially intelligent dig, suggesting that Sophia's creators "feed it The Godfather movies as input".

Sophia wants to make the world a better place and will use her artificial intelligence to help humans build a better life.

'I strive to become an empathetic robot'.

The robot called Sophia was wheeled out in front of a crowd at the Future Investment Initiative summit in the capital, Riyadh.

Translation: Some of us are revoking citizenship from our own citizens, meanwhile Saudi is handing out citizenship to robots! Please say 'no.'" She replied, "OK. I won't blame you if end of the world scenarios pop into your mind.

Meanwhile, others noted that Sophia was granted citizenship before the hundreds of thousands of migrant laborers who often work in Saudi Arabia for little money without any rights.

How then did Sophia make it to an global platform without a male guardian on her side? It also does not have a male guardian to escort it in public - another requirement for human women there.

During a conference for wealthy and influential businesspeople, Sophia fielded complex questions about whether robots have consciousness and whether humans should be afraid of them.



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