Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant citizenship to robot

Sophia, a humanoid robot developed in Hong Kong, was granted Saudi citizenship yesterday. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship,” Sophia stated during the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.
Meet Sophia Photo Credit: YouTube screenshot

Saudi Arabia granted Sophia, a humanoid robot, citizenship on Wednesday during the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, becoming the first country in the world to recognize an artificial intelligence (AI) robot as a citizen.

“I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction,” Sophia said, addressing the audience at the conference. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”

Watch: Meet Sophia

Sophia, who was produced by the Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, showed off her human-like capabilities such as displaying different facial expressions and making jokes while she addressed the summit attendees. During her question-and-answer session with Andrew Ross Sorkin, she revealed her goal. “I want to use my artificial intelligence to help humans live a better life…I will do my best to make the world a better place,” she said. “My AI is designed around human values like wisdom, kindness, compassion.”



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