Humanoid Artificial Intelligence robot, Sophia, was granted a citizenship in Saudi Arabia
26 October 2017| Last updated on 26 October 2017
Getting a visa for Saudi can be challenging if you don’t have an invitation into the country and citizenship is something that most people can just dream of, but not for one robot named Sophia.
On Wednesday, October 25th, Sophia, a humanoid artificial intelligence robot from Hanson Robotics received a citizenship at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia.
After the announcement was made, Sophia told the crowd: "I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship."
Sophia is Hanson Robotics' most advanced robot and is the first robot to receive a citizenship in the world. She is also becoming a bit of a celebrity having made an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" and making the cover of Elle Brazil magazine.
CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin also interviewed Sophia and during the interview she had a go at both Tesla's CEO Elon Musk and Hollywood for scaring people about AI. This after avoiding to answer Sorkin’s question about robots' self-awareness.
Here is Andrew Ross Sorkin’s interview with Sophia: