Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to issue citizenship to a robot. The robot's name is Sophia. Most recently, it was presented at an investment conference in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh.
Saudis are ahead of the rest
The announcement was made while Sofia was still talking with other conference participants. The journalist Endu Ross Sorkin, who was the organizer of the discussion, informed Sofia about the decision taken by the Saudi Arabian authorities.
“We have a small announcement. We just found out, Sofia, I hope you are listening to me that you have just become the first robot to receive citizenship, ”Sorkin turned to the robot. Sophia then replied: “I would like to thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is a great honor for me and I am proud to be chosen. This is an important historical moment to become the first robot in the world to have citizenship.
Sofia was created by Hanson Robotics. As a reminder, Hanson is a partner of SingularityNET, a platform for the decentralized economy of artificial intelligence. The company's founder, David Hanson, says his goal is to create robots that look and move identically to humans.
Sophia has demonstrated how she can change her facial expression to show human emotions such as anger, sadness or frustration.
Sophia's robot creators Hanson company
On the company's website, Hanson explains that realistic design allows robots to develop serious relationships with humans “so humans become interested in them, need robots. And in the way we are developing in the field of artificial intelligence, robots also show interest in relation to people. " He also added that "man and machine can create a better future for this world." During her speech, Sofia said that she shares these goals.
“I want to use my artificial intelligence to help people make their lives better. For example, design smart homes, build cities of the future, etc. I will do my best to improve the world. ”
Saudi Arabia has officially announced that it confirms the granting of Sofia citizenship, but it is not yet known what specific rights the robot will receive.
Part of the public expressed a critical attitude towards this step of Saudi Arabia, noting that women living in this country must obey very strict Islamic laws. They asked whether Sofia, who has no hair, would be obliged to cover her head in public, as Muslim women do, and to obey other laws pertaining exclusively to women.
Moody Aljohani, a US-based Saudi Arabian feminist, commented on the incident on Twitter: “I wonder if Sofia will be able to travel outside the Kingdom without the consent of her guardian! She is now a citizen of Saudi Arabia. ”
* In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, there is a strict law, according to which a woman cannot, by her own decision, leave for another country. Before leaving, she must necessarily obtain formal consent from the person who is her current so-called guardian. It can be a father or husband, an older brother or an uncle.
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