- Saudi Arabia has granted citizenship to a robot
- It is the first country in the world to do so
- The humanoid robot has been named Sophia
Saudi Arabia has become the first country in the world to grant citizenship to a robot.
The humanoid robot has been named Sophia. "She" even spoke at a conference in Riyadh last week and said that she was honored at being made a Saudi citizen.
She spoke in English and did not wear a head scarf, which is mandatory for women to wear in public.
She said: "Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction.
"It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship."
She added: "My artificial intelligence is designed around human values like wisdom, kindness and compassion. I strive to become an empathetic robot."
Social media was abuzz after the news broke out. Many people wondered if Sophia would face the same restrictions facing Saudi women, such as having to have a male guardian. See some reactions below.
Robot Sophia gets Saudi citizenship.