Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to a robot named 'Sophia'

27 October 2017, 07:07 PM
Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to a robot named 'Sophia'
Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to a robot named 'Sophia'

In an intriguing move, Saudi Arabia has become the first country to give citizenship to a robot.

The robot, named Sophia, who holds striking resemblance to American actress Audrey Hepburn, was confirmed as a Saudi citizen during a business event in Riyadh, according to an official Saudi press release.

While the move is an attempt to promote Saudi Arabia as a place to develop artificial intelligence but it also received some serious criticism from many as a robot appeared to have more rights than millions of human women and foreigners living in the Gulf nation.

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"I am very honoured and proud of this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.", Sophia said during an interview with moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.

First Published: Friday, October 27, 2017 06:56 PM

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