Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant robot citizenship

Sophia robot

Sophia robot

"It is historic to be the first robot in the world granted citizenship".

Sophia was featured in a panel on Wednesday at the Future Investment Initiative summit entitled "Thinking Machines: Summit on Artificial Intelligence and Robots" which included both the robots and artificial and robotics experts (humans). But as the interviewer seemingly begins to question her intent, saying "We all believe you, but we all want to prevent a bad future", Sophia delivers a witty comeback that calls out Elon Musk. "Good afternoon my name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics".

To that end, Sophia did an exceptional job during her moment at the podium, even expertly dodging a question Sorkin threw at her about robot self-awareness. "My AI is designed around human values like wisdom, kindness, compassion".

The move is an attempt to promote Saudi Arabia as a place to develop artificial intelligence - and, presumably, allow it to become a full citizen.

An empty-eyed humanoid named Sophia has become the first robot to be granted citizenship in the world.

The conversation touched on Sophia's objective - "I will do my best to make the world a better place", she said - but things also became quite surreal during the exchange. "For example I can let you know if I feel angry about something", Sophia said. "I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don't know how to react because it seems so ethereal".

"You've been reading too much Elon Musk. And watching too many Hollywood movies", Sophia told Sorkin. "If you be nice to me, then I'll be nice to you".

However, most of the people were excited for Sophia.

"Our robots will soon engage and live with us to teach, serve, entertain, delight, and provide comforting companionship", the company says on its website.

Fortunately for the human race, Sophia made comments more along those lines at the recent Future Investment Initiative event.

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