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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1968 Comments
  • awes124
    awes124Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:26 pm
    creepy and wierd
    • mangobanana101
      mangobanana101Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:01 am
      I want her to have hair
      • theoriginal1
        theoriginal1Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 11:40 am
        yeah for real!
      • coolkid77
        coolkid77Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 1:40 pm
        the robot uprising
        • prodancer
          prodancerWednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:42 pm
          She is not beautiful she needs hair
        • rip_rora
          rip_roraThursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:24 pm
          That's cool!
          • dragonets
            dragonetsWednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7:10 pm
            I love robots. Especially ones that can SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!!!!
            • donthavecovid19
              donthavecovid19Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8:48 am
              Cool for Halloween but imagine if you left her on in the night. CREEPY!!!☺
              • catsanddoggos
                catsanddoggosTuesday, October 13, 2020 at 5:55 am
                Creepy but cool mostly cool but creepy because this robot said that "i hope to take over the world"
                • chrisyboigm
                  chrisyboigmMonday, October 5, 2020 at 1:08 pm
                  Creepy, but cool!
                  • starlight_gem
                    starlight_gemTuesday, September 29, 2020 at 3:43 pm
                    Creepy cool.
                    • gar208
                      gar208Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 1:17 pm
                      creepy