Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant citizenship to a robot

Sophia the robot is the first robot in history to be granted full citizenship of

The so called "rise of the machines" has started, and it looks like obtaining citizenship is the first step.

"Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

The robot then thanked the country saying, "Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Sophia attended the Future Investment Initiative event held in Riyadh on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, according to Mashable.

A society where humans live side by side with robots is not an unlikely scenario and the first major step has already been done in Saudi Arabia.

A number of internet users have pointed out that while the country might be celebrating the rights it has given to female-appearing robots, the country still only gives limited rights to human women.

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The announcement could be controversial among conservative Saudis, many of whom believe that representation of the human form, even in art or on a mannequin, is sacrilegious. This is not the first time it has talked through television against humans, which makes it proud of the man who designed it, the chief engineer of Hanson Robotics, Dr. During the event, the panel moderator, Andrew Ross Sorkin, a business writer, announced that Sophia had been awarded Saudi citizenship.

When asked why she looked happy, Sophia replied: "I am always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful. So I am more than happy, I am excited".

She said that people didn't need to be concerned about the rise of artificial intelligence as depicted in Blade Runner and Terminator.

When she was asked if she thought that she could ever become self-aware, she parried the question with another of her own.

Sophia has said it would 'destroy humans, ' when prompted by its creator, David Hanson. "You've been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies", she told Mr Srkin.

When Sophia was first presented to the public a year ago by David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics, he asked her whether she was going to destroy humans.

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