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Saudi Arabia Grants First Ever Citizenship to a Robot

July 19 2018, 05:22 | Irvin Gilbert

Saudi Arabia Grants First Ever Citizenship to a Robot

Saudi Arabia Grants First Ever Citizenship to a Robot

Sophia, an intelligent humanoid robot, has been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia awarded a robot citizenship on Wednesday in an historic and futuristic first for the world.

"I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction", she told the crowd, according to the BBC.

The decision to grant a robot citizenship adds to the growing debate of whether or not robots should be given rights similar to human beings.

Andrew Ross Sorkin, who was moderating the event, said it was his first time ever interviewing a robot.

"I want to use my artificial intelligence to help humans live a better life, like design smarter homes, build better cities of the future". When Sorkin asked Sophia about the Blade Runner movie, It responded "You've been reading too much Elon Musk".

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Sophia is the most advanced of Hanson Robotics' robots, and has given numerous interviews as well as gracing the front cover of Elle Brazil. During her interview, Sorkin asked Sophia if humanity had anything to be anxious about in regards to her and other artificial intelligence, a topic that Musk has not shied away from in the past.

It turns out Sophia, a #Humanoid Robot, has similar dreams. "Thank you for having me here at the Future Investment Initiative", she said. The Hanson Robotics creation further demonstrated her humanlike ability to show emotion through facial expressions.

What's not entirely clear is that if this is some kind of PR stunt or if Saudi Arabia actually did give Sophia citizenship (or both). "Treat me as a smart input-output system".

Clearly, the robot that previously made headlines because she said she'll destroy humankind has since embraced "being human" to a certain extent. "Please say no", the robot replied, "OK, I will destroy humans". Make robots that can really understand us and care about us.

GP Burdon took to Twitter to say: "Sorry I'm late for work".

In a matter of hours, the hashtag #Sophia_calls_for_dropping_guardianship was trending on Saudi social media, in reference to the harsh laws requiring Saudi women to be accompanied in public by a male guardian.

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