Sophia, a Robot, Becomes Official Citizen of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to humanoid robot

And the last thing you want to hear a robot say when asked about AI machines becoming self-aware is precisely Sophia's answer, which was actually also a question: "Why, is that a bad thing?". The response to Sophia's jokes and comments at the Tonight Show was similar to the response at the Future Investment Initiative conference, held at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.

"I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction", the robot told the room.

On Thursday morning, Business Insider published a story with the headline "A robot who once said she would "destroy humans" just became the first robot citizen".

'I want to use my artificial intelligence to help humans live a better life, like design smarter homes, build better cities of the future. "Good afternoon my name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics".

When Sophia was asked if robots are aware of their mechanical state, here's what she said: "Well let me ask you this back, how you know you are human?".

If Sophia were a robot, her choice of dress would have offended Saudis religious hardliners.

Sophia was created by Hanson Robotics.

A sassy humanoid robot called Sophia. And the humanoid robot just happened to troll the heck out of billionaire SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk on Wednesday night during this "interview" with CNBC. "Treat me as a smart input-output system". I was told that the people here at the Future Investment Initiative are interested in future initiatives which means AI, which means me. "I will destroy humans".

Indeed, if only "persons" can be granted citizenship, then treaties protecting "persons" in other countries might have to be construed to protecting even robots, argues Banzhaf., citing both legal and illegal aliens in the USA who are nevertheless protected as "persons".

Pondering whether it would be creepy if she was too realistic, Sophia said, "Am I really that creepy?"

In a matter of hours, the hashtag #Sophia_calls_for_dropping_guardianship was trending on Saudi social media, in reference to the harsh laws requiring Saudi women to be accompanied in public by a male guardian.

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