Sophia, the world’s 1st robot citizen

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Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia has become the first country to give a robot citizenship. The move is an attempt to promote Saudi Arabia as a place to develop artificial intelligence – and, presumably, allow it to become a full citizen. But many pointed out that those same rights aren’t afforded to many humans in the country.

The robot, named Sophia, was confirmed as a Saudi citizen during an event in Riyadh, said an official Saudi press release.

The robot then thanked the country and the event. “Thank you to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am very honoured and proud of this unique distinction,” Sophia told the panel. “It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with citizenship.”

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