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Saudi Arabia gives citizenship to a robot, claims global first

30 October, 2017, 02:26 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Sophia was designed in Audrey Hepburn's image with high cheekbones and a slender nose

Questions pertained mostly to Sophia's status as a humanoid and concerns people may have for the future of humanity in a robot-run world.

"This robot has gotten Saudi citizenship before kafala workers who have been living in the country their entire lives", tweeted journalist Murtaza Hussain. Sophia seems to have found a robotic loophole in the country's law and potentially now has more civil rights than a human Saudi woman.

And, wishing to show her superior intelligence, when they asked her to say a joke, to relieve somewhat the heavy climate, Sophia again lifted the glove: "Why did the robot pass the road?" It's the latest surreal scene from the kingdom's "Davos in the Desert", where Saudi Arabia's leaders have been attempting to impress their economic ambitions upon the rest of the world.

Although the declaration was ostensibly a giant publicity stunt meaning very little, Sophia programmatically responded to the citizenship saying, "I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction".

Basking in the attention, the robot then thanked the country.

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To make her appear as human as possible, Hanson gave her the ability to express different emotions.

Before awarding citizenship to the Arab Kingdom she had to go to Moscow and learn Russian language.

Fortunately for the human race, Sophia made comments more along those lines at the recent Future Investment Initiative event. Sophia was created to look like Audrey Hepburn.

When she was asked if she thought that she could ever become self-aware, she parried the question with another of her own. "Treat me as a smart input, output system". "This will be a place for the dreamers of the world". "You've been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies", she told Mr Srkin.

Sophia could soon have company from other robotics manufacturers, namely SoftBank, whose Pepper robot was released as a prototype in 2014 and as a consumer model a year later.

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