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Saudi Arabia is the First Country in History to Grant Robot Citizenship

Saudi Arabia has announced that it is giving citizenship to a robot, which makes it the first country in history to do so.the robot — termed ‘Sophia’ — has been termed as a speaker in the future investment initiative, a platform for discussion on both current and long-term worldwide investment trends.

Deputy secretary-general Amina Mohammed has a brief dialogue with Sophia at a UN meeting
photo by Manuel Elias, courtesy of the UN

Created by Hanson robotics, Sophia the robot made her debut in the south by a southwest show in March 2016 and ever since that time has become somewhat of a media personality — having spoken in the united states and seemed on the Jimmy Fallon show. She even has her website. Today, Saudi Arabia has acknowledged Sophia’s standing and made her a citizen of the middle eastern country. ‘I’m very honored and pleased of this unique differentiation,’ Sophia said in a meeting with moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin. ‘this is historic to be the first robot on the planet to be recognized with citizenship.’

‘You have been studying too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies,’ retorted the robot. ‘don’t worry, if you’re nice to me, I will be nice to you. Treat me as a smart input-output system.’ Elon musk shot back replying on Twitter: ‘just feed it the Godfather films as input. .

 

 

 

Sophia meets TV Host Jimmy Fallon live on his show
Image courtesy of Sophiabot

The robot made a speech at the future investment initiative in Riyadh

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