Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant a robot citizenship

Sophia robot

Yesterday, she gave an interview on the stage of the Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia with New York Times columnist and co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk Box" Andrew Ross Sorkin asking the questions.

Sophia said: "Actually, what worries me is discrimination against robots".

On Tuesday Saudi Arabia announced plans to build a $500bn mega city powered by robotics and renewables on the kingdom's Red Sea coast.

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

Sophia, who's described by her creators as a humanoid robot created to look like Audrey Hepburn, wowed the crowd with a partially prepared exchanged with interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin. "Good afternoon my name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics". When Sorkin asked Sophia about the Blade Runner movie, It responded "You've been reading too much Elon Musk".

Sophia is easily the most advanced humanoid robot to date and, according to her page on Hanson Robotics, her intelligence only continues to evolve. At the Future Initiative, Sophia demonstrated her capacity for human expression. For one thing, the robot is clearly gendered as female-Hanson's website breathtakingly describes Sophie as "designed to look like Audrey Hepburn" and says that the robot "embodies Hepburn's classic beauty"-but is getting its "citizenship" in a country known for its repressive stance against women and foreign workers known as kafala. If you be nice to me, then I'll be nice to you".

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"I am always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful".

Saudi experts pointed out that the robot has more privileges than actual living Saudi women. "Please say no", the robot replied, "OK, I will destroy humans". It also said, "I want to live and work with humans".

" I have exposure to the most cutting-edge AI and I think people should be really concerned about it", Musk is quoted saying.

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