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Meet Sophia, the humanoid robot who’s just been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia have garnered criticism this week after becoming the first country in the world to grant citizenship to a robot.

At the Future Investment Initiative, a three-day conference in Riyadh, humanoid robot Sophia took to the stage and announced that she had just become a Saudi citizen.

“I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with a citizenship,” Sophia said.

Sophia even handled a Q&A with the audience, saying that she wanted to “live and work with humans” and “to understand humans and build trust with people.”

When asked by a moderator if robots could be self aware, Sophia responded with, “Well let me ask you this back, how do you know you are human?”

Check out this video introducing Sophia:

However, when Sophia was first unveiled last year by her creator David Hanson, he posed the question, “Do you want to destroy humans? Please say no.”

Sophia responded with an, “OK. I will destroy humans.”

Let’s, uh… let’s hope she doesn’t.