Sophia robot

Saudi Arabia Grants Citizenship to a Robot

In a gesture of consummate foolishness, Saudi Arabia—a country that can’t seem to grant full rights to human beings (especially women)—has bestowed citizenship on a humanoid robot, an historical first. Sophia, a device produced by Hanson Robotics, was a featured speaker at the Future Investment Initiative conference held recently in Riyadh. But does Sophia deserve the honor? In March 2016, during a live demonstration at the SXSW festival, David Hanson, the owner of Hanson Robotics, reportedly asked her: “Do you want to destroy humans?…Please say ‘no.'” Sophia is said to have responded, “OK. I will destroy humans.” —TV

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