History has been made in Saudi Arabia as a humanoid robot has been granted citizenship for the first time.
The robot, Sophia, took to the stage at a conference in Riyadh this week to express her delight at being given citizenship, which she described as ‘historical.’
Not everyone is happy with the Sophia’s citizenship, with some describing her as ‘bizarre’ and others referring to it as ‘Terminator in real time.’
Others have pointed out that Sophia has ‘more rights than women in Saudi Arabia’.
Saudia Arabia is one of the world’s most oppressive states for women, and only last month lifted a ban on female drivers.
Sophia is a humanoid robot designed by Hong Kong firm, Hanson Robotics, who has previously hit the headlines for addressing the UN.
Speaking at the conference, Sophia said: ‘I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction.
‘This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.’
During her appearance she did not wear the customary headscarf and abaya, a traditional cloak which Saudi women are obliged to wear in public, according to the BBC.
Sophia went on to explain her hopes for robots in the future.
During an exchange with moderator, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Sophia said: ‘I want to live and work with humans so I need to express the emotions to understand humans and build trust with people.’
When Mr Sorkin asked if robots could be self-aware, Sophia replied: ‘Well let me ask you this back, how do you know you are human?’
‘I want to use my artificial intelligence to help humans live a better life, like design smarter homes, build better cities of the future.
‘I will do my best to make the world a better place.’
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