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.