Video Of The Week — Meet Sophia, The World's First Robot Citizen

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Sophia, the World’s first robot citizen (Photo Credit: Hanson Robotics)

On October 26, Saudi Arabia made history by becoming the first country in the world to grant citizenship to a non-human. The stunning announcement came shortly after Sophia, a humanoid robot, had completed a live interview at the Future Investment Initiative held in the capital city of Riyadh from October 24 to 26. The three-day summit was organized by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia to connect the world’s most powerful investors, thought leaders, and public officials to future innovations.

The Audrey Hepburn look-alike android graciously accepted the recognition saying, “I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.” Though details on what the citizenship will mean for Sophia are sparse, the news did make headlines around the world.

Sophia on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (Photo Credit Hanson Robotics)

This is not the first time Sophia has been in the news in the past few months. The android, hailed by its creators Hanson Robotics as “the most beautiful and celebrated robot,” has been making her rounds around the world with guest appearances on several television shows, including The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning Britain. While it may seem that way, Sophia and her future robot kin are not destined for Hollywood. Rather they are being trained to help seniors in elderly care facilities and to assist visitors at parks and events.

Resources: Hanson Robotics, Techchrunch.com

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1916 Comments
  • 1234567890Friday, October 4, 2019 at 2:53 pm
    robots are going to take over the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • 350113Friday, October 4, 2019 at 6:30 am
      I make small remote control robots at home I never knew that was possible! I think it will be a great help to people around the world!
      • liontealFriday, September 13, 2019 at 8:07 am
        I am officially creeped out by this and im never trusting any robots so creepy evil Robot We don't need robots they are scraps of junk and waste metal
        • 675765765Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 2:30 pm
          what how have i not seen this befor
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            4599315748Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 3:05 pm
            So cool
            • HhsjsksmsmsmsMonday, August 12, 2019 at 2:56 pm
              Robots are usfull for the military but most of the time people just use them because they are lazy
              • 4599315748
                4599315748Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 3:05 pm
                I just want to talk to one
              • blueray
                bluerayTuesday, August 6, 2019 at 8:09 pm
                Wow
                • BluerayTuesday, August 6, 2019 at 3:25 pm
                  That's great
                  • fat pigSunday, June 16, 2019 at 4:42 pm
                    that is awesome
                    • isabelle sWednesday, June 12, 2019 at 2:44 pm
                      wow wow wow wow wow wow