For the world record, Saudi Arabia is the first country in history to give a robot citizenship. According to media reports, this development is in a bid to promote Saudi Arabia's technological prowess and present it as a place where artificial intelligence can be developed. So not just Dubai, now Saudi Arabia has joined the league.
Her name is Sophia. She's a very intelligent robot and her Saudi citizenship was conferred on her (it) at a business event in Riyadh.
Okay, at this stage, I am absolutely perplexed at the rate at which technology is going. Perhaps tomorrow, we could start hearing of robots giving in to marriage. This is just insane!
While some migrants in the Saudi region haven't been given any citizenship rights, a robot just got granted one. At the height of it, Sophia was reported to have even spoken to delegates at the business event.
A panel moderator and business writer Andrew Ross Sorkin goes to tell Sophia: “We have a little announcement. We just learnt, Sophia; I hope you are listening to me, you have been awarded the first Saudi citizenship for a robot.” The robot then thanked the country and the event for the attention.
Sophia's reply: “Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction,” Sophia told the panel. “It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship.”