Robot 'Sophia' Gets Saudi Citizenship, Raising Eyebrows Online

Robot Granted Citizenship In Saudi Arabia Immediately Trolls Elon Musk

In First, Saudi Arabia Grants Citizenship to Robot - Who Promptly Gets Into a Feud With Elon Musk

Saudi Arabia has granted citizenship to Sophia, a humanoid robot, who once said she wanted to destroy humanity, becoming the first robot to be granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia.

Al Arabiya reports that Sophia the robot received this honour while attending the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, and gave a polite speech commemorating the occasion (where she even laughed and creeped a lot of people online out).

It's somewhat ironic that a robot is being giving citizenship in Saudi Arabia when women are often perceived to be treated as second-class citizens in the country.

But recognition under worldwide law that a specific robot is a citizen entitled to legal rights under a treaty implies that at least other similar robots would have the same legal rights even if they are not citizens, argues Banzhaf. She also impressed them by poking fun at Elon Musk, the co-founder of tech pioneer Tesla, and sci-fi movie Blade Runner, assuring the audience that she would do her "best to make the world a better place".

"You've been reading too much Elon Musk, and watching too many Hollywood movies", she said.

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"I want to live and work with humans, so I need to express emotion to understand the human and build a climate of trust with people", said the robot.

'I strive to become an empathetic robot'.

When Mr Sorkin asked if robots could be self-aware, Sophia replied: 'Well let me ask you this back, how do you know you are human?'

Sophia then proceeded to go through her programmed facial expressions.

Sophia is kind of a big deal, largely because the robot appears highly advanced.

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As for Sophia's rights, TechCrunch wonders, "Would Sophia's citizenship hold up in court in some odd future legal precedent that will come back to haunt us 10 years from now?"

Many noted that the robot is created to appear female and appeared in public in Saudi Arabia without a male guardian or the clothing required of women in the country.

According to Mirror, granting the robot citizenship may mean it is illegal for the robot to be destroyed or turned off.

Saudi Arabia awarded a robot citizenship on Wednesday in an historic and futuristic first for the world. Sophia was made to resemble Audrey Hepburn.

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