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Sophia the Robot gets Saudi Citizenship



Let me go ahead and declare right now that I, for one, do not welcome our new robot overlords.

This video is either very creepy or strangely exciting depending on your personal skepticism towards technology. If you couldn’t tell by my first statement, I fall into the former category. What makes me most concerned is the statement, perhaps made in jest, that Sophia says close to the end about humans being very programmable. I agree, but I don’t like it that a robot knows this.

Well, Saudi Arabia made history by offering it citizenship.

Further Reading

Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant citizenship to a robot humanoid robot took the stage at the Future Investment Initiative yesterday and had an amusing exchange with the host to the delight of hundreds of delegates.

Smartphones were held aloft as Sophia, a robot designed by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, gave a presentation that demonstrated her capacity for human expression.

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