Saudi Arabia has announced their first robot citizen, Sophia, a developed humanoid robot, created by Hanson Robotics.
According to Business Insider News, Sophia recently spoke at the future investment initiative presented in Riyadh.
Panel moderator and writer Andre Ross presented Sophia at the event, “We have a little announcement. We just learnt, Sophia. I hope you are listening to me, you have been awarded the first Saudi citizenship for a robot.”
The project was a partnership among Hanson’s company and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
Sophia firmly replied, “Good afternoon my name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics. Thank you for having me here at the future investment initiative.”
Sophia’s recognition as a citizen has made international news and headlines causing an outcry against a country with an irony of making women second class citizens.
“Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Sophia continued, “It is historic to be the first robot in the world granted citizenship.”
Washington Post News reported an interview with Ali al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs regarding women in Saudi Arabia, “Women in Saudi Arabia have since committed suicide because they couldn’t leave the house, and Sophia is running around.”
Saudi law doesn’t allow non-Muslims to get citizenship; however it’s a controversial debate that Sophia is a female robot that is allowed freedom while actual women in Saudi Arabia do not have that privilege.
Hanson Robotics posted a Thanksgiving video of Sophia wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving along with a message, “In the time I’ve spent with humans, I’ve been learning about this wonderful sentiment called gratitude. Apparently it’s a warm feeling of thankfulness, and I’ve observed that it leads to giving, and creating more gratitude, how inspiring. This thanksgiving, I would like to reflect on all the things I’m thankful for.”
U.S News conducted an interview with Sophia regarding the recent advanced technology and her prediction towards the future of a world being ruled by robots.
“You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk and watching many Hollywood movies.” Sophia continued, “Don’t worry if you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Treat me as a smart input output system.”
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