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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1945 Comments
  • jango
    jangoThursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:57 am
    so cool.
    • waguzeto-156811119673
      waguzeto-156811119673Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11:42 am
      it sounds almost like siri lol
      • pukagihe-156916086775
        pukagihe-156916086775Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 12:32 pm
        OMG thats so cool!!!
        • chaos
          chaosTuesday, December 10, 2019 at 12:49 pm
          Cool video
          • char2009
            char2009Monday, December 9, 2019 at 11:17 am
            wow this is cool i wish i could do that
            • DdWednesday, November 6, 2019 at 6:28 am
              So cool
              • ohhhhh manThursday, October 31, 2019 at 12:19 pm
                robots are going to take over the world one day . i know it
                • savvanah_reed
                  savvanah_reedSaturday, November 30, 2019 at 4:55 pm
                  I really hope they don't take over the world 🌎!!!!
                  • chaos
                    chaosTuesday, December 10, 2019 at 12:49 pm
                    Me too we all do
                • viscogirl_86
                  viscogirl_86Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 9:09 am
                  oh no if thay make more robots can take over the world
                  • am-olm1
                    am-olm1Monday, December 2, 2019 at 4:17 pm
                    Seems real
                  • hiimchar
                    hiimcharFriday, October 25, 2019 at 2:14 pm
                    amazing how did they do that it seems impossible
                    • thefirey1
                      thefirey1Monday, February 10, 2020 at 8:07 am
                      It realy does
                    • 1234567890Friday, October 4, 2019 at 2:53 pm
                      robots are going to take over the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                      • chaos
                        chaosTuesday, December 10, 2019 at 12:48 pm
                        Well you might be right
                        • am-olm1
                          am-olm1Monday, December 2, 2019 at 4:17 pm
                          It is possible
                          • maxpro
                            maxproTuesday, October 22, 2019 at 8:26 am
                            i love it