Saudi Arabia is the first country to grant citizenship to robot "Sophia"

Saudi Arabia is the first country in the world who grant citizenship to a robot. A robot named "Sophia" has made history, appeared onstage without an abaya, which required normally to a women by the Saudi government.

“I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction,” the robot said onstage. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”




“We have a little announcement. We just learnt… Sophia, I hope you are listening to me, you have been awarded the first Saudi citizenship for a robot,” panel moderator and business writer Andrew Ross Sorkin said, according to The Independent.

Showing its gratitude for the distinction, the smart AI answered: “Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction. It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship.”

The robot also entertained several queries from the panel, mostly about artificial intelligence.

Sophia was developed by AI specialist David Hanson of Hanson Robotics, Sophia was introduced during the Future Investment Initiative held in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.

The move, meanwhile, is the country’s way of promoting the development of robotics and AI.



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