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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1896 Comments
  • JT DjTuesday, April 16, 2019 at 11:45 am
    OK i'm just surprised that she can talk without Stuttering like most AI robot systems, that smile tho... they need to work on that
    • ajay2908
      ajay2908Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 8:11 pm
      ok........ mabye just a little bit creepy
      • Animal whisperThursday, April 4, 2019 at 8:41 am
        I don't like the way she smiles😱😱
        • game boySaturday, March 30, 2019 at 5:48 pm
          how can that be real
          • bacon_bitzz
            bacon_bitzzSaturday, March 30, 2019 at 3:56 am
            she is sort of scary...😨
            • kittenqueen5498
              kittenqueen5498Friday, March 29, 2019 at 8:21 am
              Wow.
              • blaMonday, March 25, 2019 at 4:44 pm
                cool but kina creepy
                • DogSaturday, March 23, 2019 at 12:13 pm
                  That is so cool 😯
                  • xxbyebunnyxx
                    xxbyebunnyxxWednesday, March 20, 2019 at 8:41 am
                    Yo she scary but cool.
                    • Claire AnnFriday, March 15, 2019 at 6:27 am
                      She is somewhat creepy no offense Sophia the robot BTW she sounds like a human thats scary