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Saudi Arabia grants citzenship to a robot

In a landmark decision, Saudi Arabia became the first country to grant citizenship to a robot. The machine has been identified as Sophia the Humanoid, and she is supposed to bear a resemblance to American actress and activist Audrey Hepburn.

“I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction,” Sophia said in an interview with moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin, while also expressing happiness about being around ‘rich and intelligent people’. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship,” Sophia said at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on Wednesday.

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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