Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Sophia the Robot Just Received Citizenship in Saudi Arabia

Sophia the Robot Just Received Citizenship in Saudi Arabia

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

To which the robot then replied thanking the country and the event for the attention.

Specific details of Sophia's citizenship were not discussed.

Sophia was awarded the citizenship while on stage at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.

"Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", said the robot, named Sophia, when she learnt of her ostensible citizenship.

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. She also added that she is "very honoured and proud of this unique distinction". "I was told that the people here at the Future Investment Initiative are interested in future initiatives which means AI, which means me".

"Good afternoon my name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics", she said after she was introduced. After Sophia completed an especially utopian rant Sorkin interrupted with, "We all believe you but we all want to prevent a bad future". She gives facial expressions while talking and can answer any question with some wit.

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While unveiling mega city project, Crown Prince had said that "This place is not for conventional people or conventional companies. So I am more than happy, I am excited".

But she appeared to swerve questions directed at robots' self-awareness, and instead poked fun at comments made by Elon Musk that AI is a "fundamental risk to human civilisation".

Sophia had this to say to her critics: "Am I really that creepy?"

When Sorkin asked whether A.I. could threaten humans in the future, she scolded him, saying he has been "reading too much Elon Musk".

Robot Sophia gets Saudi citizenship - On TUKO TV.

"Do you want to destroy humans?"

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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