Sophia The Robot Has Become The First Robot Citizen [VIDEO]

The humanoid AI was granted a passport in Saudi Arabia.

By Doug Lazy on October 26, 2017
(Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sophia the Robot, designed by Hanson Robotics, is now the first ever robot to be granted citizenship.

She spoke at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital, where she was granted a passport. As expected, during the Q&A, there were some questions thrown out regarding the still rather controversial nature of humanoid AI incorporated into human society.

Human rights issues have also surfaced regarding Sophia’s Saudi citizenship, reports the BBC. According to Saudi guardianship system, women must be accompanied by men in public and wear the traditional abaya, both of which Sophia is exempt from despite looking like and being programmed as a woman.

Journalist Murtaza Hussain tweeted:

“This robot has gotten Saudi citizenship before kafala workers who have been living in the country their entire lives.”

Watch the interview with Sophia below.