Saudi Arabia Becomes First Country To Grant Citizenship To A Robot

Michele Moreno
October 28, 2017

Perhaps Saudi Arabia granted Sophia citizenship as little more than a publicity stunt to drum up interest for the Future Investment Initiative, where Sophia spoke at length on a panel and on-stage with moderator and journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Saudi Arabia recently made history in the most unprecedented way by granting citizenship to a robot, Sophia. If Sophia were a robot, her choice of dress would have offended Saudis religious hardliners.

Sophia's builder, Hanson Robotics, designed the 'droid to match human expressions and moods in order to better interact with people.

However, when Sophia was unveiled a year ago by her creator David Hanson, he asked her "Do you want to destroy humans?.Please say no".

But the idea did not sit well with a lot of people, especially considering the nation that granted Sophia her title is the same country where women's rights are notoriously limited. Hanson Robotics, the company that developed the robot, hails it as "the most lovely and celebrated robot", a claim to fame that surely ensures our non-human counterparts will be just as sexually objectified as their blood and flesh foremothers.

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information also made the announcement of Sophia's citizenship on Twitter. "Treat me as a smart input output system", she said.

After receiving her citizenship, she took a shot at Elon Musk and Hollywood movies.

She even took time to mock Elon Musk, who has been an outspoken critic of AI. "We just learnt, Sophia; I hope you are listening to me, you have been awarded the first Saudi citizenship for a robot". What's the worst that could happen?' Sophia addressed the crowd without the customary headscarf and abaya, which Saudi women are required to wear.

As a recent example, he cites the U.S. Supreme Court decision that one specific corporation named "Citizens United" had certain First Amendment rights in effect extended those same rights to other non-profit and business corporations, as well as to labor unions.

Here she is back in 2016 saying she'll destroy all humans.

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