First robot in the world to receive Saudi citizenship

In a novel development, a humanoid artificially intelligent robot named Sophia in Saudi Arabia has become the first robot in the world to receive citizenship.

Sophia has become the first robot in the world to be granted Saudi Arabia's citizenship.
Sophia has become the first robot in the world to be granted Saudi Arabia's citizenship. Photo courtesy: Twitter

The Saudi kingdom made the announcement of granting her citizenship at the Future Investment Initiative conference.

Feeling honoured to receive the citizenship, Sophia said in a video shared online, “I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with a citizenship.”

She was also interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin in Riyadh. The robot said, “I want to use my Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help humans live a better life, like design smart homes, build better cities of the future, etc.  I will do much best to make the world a better place.”

During the course of her interview, she took a dig at Elon Musk and Hollywood movies for portraying artificial intelligence in a questionable light. Sophia is Hanson Robotics' most advanced robot.

 

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Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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