Sophia becomes first robot to receive Saudi citizenship

For the First Time Ever, a Robot Was Granted Citizenship

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. It's also not clear if Sophia will be schooled in the distinctly strict Islamic teachings of sharia, the favored practice of Saudi's Wahhabism. She looks a bit like Audrey Hepburn and gives facial expressions while talking.

"Don't worry, if you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you", Sophia said, according to Business Insider.

Speaking at the conference, Sophia said: 'I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction.

Of course, the irony of a Kingdom that seems to see women as half-humans granting citizenship to a female robot isn't lost on anyone.

A robot has just been given a big privilege in Saudi Arabia, and people are questioning if it's unfair to the country's own women.

The robot became the first in the world to gain citizenship and a passport, and participated in a question and answer session at an innovation summit organised by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

This is basically the plot of I, Robot, a book that did not turn out well for the humans. Even Sophia thinks so. Social media users criticized the fact that she was not wearing an abaya and appeared to be unaccompanied by a male guardian, two illegal acts for a woman in the country.

Saudi Arabia's focus on artificial intelligence means this is likely not the last time the conversation about human versus robot rights will bloom.

Sophia has cameras and AI software that allow her to "make eye contact" and recognize people. The Kingdom is also seeking to diversify its economy beyond a reliance on oil, as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030. It's just a tiny into a frightening future full of artificially intelligent beings, the capabilities of which we've barely pondered. I won't blame you if end of the world scenarios pop into your mind. These are not freedoms that many women living in Saudi Arabia experience, and that's not gone unnoticed online.

Musk's reply on Twitter was priceless.

Well, only the future can tell if Sophia really has the interest of humans at heart.

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