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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1989 Comments
  • alphadog
    alphadog4 months
    WOW!!!!
    • moonwatcher9
      moonwatcher94 months
      WOW!
      • astonisawesome
        This is the most creepy thing i ever seen! Just kidding<:)
        • nolanorr
          nolanorr6 months
          this is incredible
          • happeydude
            happeydude4 months
            Ther going to replace humans with robots !!!!!'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • jordangaither
            wow
            • mll79_79
              mll79_796 months
              Sometimes we find people like robots with their intelligence, and you might think that their mind is programmed like a robot, as it gives you a solution with its intuitive purity and speed.
              • saruna841
                saruna8416 months
                What a beautiful robot ... it's a really cool idea and a big boost for the future
                • yaso_1
                  yaso_16 months
                  ‏It's a beautiful robot, and I want to own one in the future
                  • ghu_ou
                    ghu_ou6 months
                    I hope to have a robot that will be a girl and her shape is me who will draw it... I want a robot, I wanttttttttt a robottttttttt):
                    • atheer
                      atheer6 months
                      NASA harnesses robots in space exploration, and NASA engineers develop and renew their capabilities all the time, where robots can be used as an alternative exploration method for humans; instead of sending human astronauts and endangering their lives, robots are sent without fear of an emergency.