Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant citizenship to a robot

Saudi Arabia becomes the first country to grant citizenship to a robot #design #AI

  • Saudi Arabia has officially recognised a humanoid robot as a citizen, marking the first time in history that an AI device has been awarded such status.
  • Sophia, an intelligent humanoid robot created by Hanson Robotics, announced the citizenship herself during a panel discussion at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia.
  • It is unclear whether she will receive the same rights as human citizens, or if Saudi Arabia will develop a specific system devoted to robots.
  • But she appeared to swerve questions directed at robots’ self-awareness, and instead poked fun at comments made by Elon Musk that AI is a “fundamental risk to human civilisation”.
  • Many in the design industry have already expressed concerns about the way humans and robots will live together.

Saudi Arabia has recognised a humanoid robot as a citizen of its country, marking the first time in history that an AI device has been awarded such status.
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