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Meet Sophia; The First Ever Robot Citizen Declared by Saudi Arabia
Updated On 08 Jul, 2023 Published On 02 Nov, 2017
The remarkably realistic humanoid named Sophia has become the first ever robot citizen declared by Saudi Arabia. Sophia, an astounding humanoid produced by Hanson Robotics, gave a thankful speech in front of everyone during the event of Future Investment Initiative
The remarkably realistic humanoid named Sophia has become the first-ever robot citizen declared by Saudi Arabia.
Sophia, an astounding humanoid produced by Hanson Robotics, gave a thankful speech in front of everyone during the Future Investment Initiative event and grabbed headlines worldwide.
Meet Sophia, The first ever robot citizen declared by Saudi Arabia
"I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction"
stated Sophia, the first-ever humanoid citizen at the Future Investment Initiative program held in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh.
Sophia with her creator Dr. Hanson, Source: Hanson Robotics
Designed to look like the actress Audrey Hepburn, Sophia's beauty is admirable, but what surprises us all is her intelligence, smartness and expressions, sometimes a sly smile or sometimes a generous one.
Created by Dr. David Handson, the founder of Hanson Robotics, a famous company for designing and developing humanoids, Sophia is the latest and most advanced robot. And as expected, she's become a sensation worldwide.
Sophia on Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan, Source: Daily Mail
On October 26, 2017, Sophia was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia, and she seemed delighted. She stated,
"This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship."
She also answered questions from every journalist and moderator and took pictures with everyone. The questions mainly revolved around the future of Earth and the future of AI (Artificial Intelligence).
However, many reporters were concerned about the robot-run world as last year when David Hanson asked Sophia in a live demonstration at SXSW Festival whether she wanted to destroy humans. Sophia gave a blank expression and responded saying, "OK. I will destroy Humans."
Check out the clip of Sophia saying, "she wants to destroy humans!"
A journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Sophia about what she said about destroying humans, and Sophia gave a brilliant answer stating,
"You've been reading too much Elon Musk. And watching too many Hollywood movies, Don't worry, if you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you. Treat me as a smart input-output system."
Sophia has stated her purpose on Earth many times: she wants to make human life easier by helping seniors in elderly care facilities and assisting us in events and other day-to-day activities. Sophia has become a hotshot in the market and will soon be part of other robotics manufacturers, including SoftBank.