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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1958 Comments
  • starlight_gem
    starlight_gemTuesday, September 29, 2020 at 3:43 pm
    Creepy cool.
    • gar208
      gar208Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 1:17 pm
      creepy
      • goodvibesonly09
        goodvibesonly09Monday, July 13, 2020 at 1:13 pm
        Hopefully they dont take over!
        • moviestar-girl3
          moviestar-girl3Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 3:11 pm
          I don't think it will happen, but robots might help us humans!
        • leiker1414
          leiker1414Friday, July 10, 2020 at 3:41 pm
          Jimmy Fallon is so funny I watch him on YouTube. And for him to talk to a robot is weird. 😂😁😀😃😄😅😋
          • 11008800
            11008800Friday, July 10, 2020 at 7:39 am
            Robots are so cool. They can do anything.
            • wolfieland
              wolfielandFriday, July 10, 2020 at 6:49 am
              um hopfully they dont take over the world but its cool
              • laynebot5
                laynebot5Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6:35 pm
                Wow first robot to win a citicenship
                • laynebot5
                  laynebot5Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6:33 pm
                  Robots are cool 🤖🤖🤖🤖
                  • laynebot5
                    laynebot5Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 9:00 am
                    Cool but it's still in the cany valley
                    • creativity37
                      creativity37Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6:21 am
                      Hello Sophia. I hope you're smarter than Alexa. So cool. But a bit weird too because she looks like a walking mannequin. The person who made her must have been really smart!