Robot Granted Citizenship In Saudi Arabia Immediately Trolls Elon Musk

Saudi Arabia just became the world's first country to grant citizenship to a humanoid robot.

She's also making another record as the world's first recognized robot after Saudi Arabia announced they were granting her citizenship.

"I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction". "It is historic to be the first robot in the world granted citizenship".

Sophia gave insightful and witty answers in an interview with moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin, a columnist for the New York Times and CNBC anchor.

Sophia, created by Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong, was given official status Wednesday at the Future Investment Initiative conference.

"My AI is designed around human values like wisdom, kindness, compassion", Sophia said.

After introducing herself and demonstrating her "expressive face", Sophia explained why she needed the ability to show emotions. "Thank you for having me here at the Future Investment Initiative", she said. The lucky form of not-quite-artificial intelligence is named Sophia, a Hanson Robotics creation who's undoubtedly scripted to the gills.

'Treat me as a smart input output system'.


While Sophia is happy with her citizenship, other have expressed concerns on Twitter about it.

The move is an attempt to promote Saudi Arabia as a place to develop artificial intelligence - and, presumably, allow it to become a full citizen.

In case you haven't seen Sophia before, the bot has made headlines over the past couple years when its previous displays of "human-like" expression haven't exactly impressed...

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

"Don't worry, if you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you", Sophia added, to reassure Sorkin and her audience.

In March 2016, David Hanson, Sophia's creator, asked the robot: 'Do you want to destroy humans?.Please say no'.

In a matter of hours, the hashtag #Sophia_calls_for_dropping_guardianship was trending on Saudi social media, in reference to the harsh laws requiring Saudi women to be accompanied in public by a male guardian. Make robots that can really understand us and care about us.


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