FV News: The first robot to be granted citizenship

October 25, 2017 - RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

The first robot in history to be a full citizen of a country, a humanoid named Sophia, was developed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics Ltd., led by AI developer David Hanson. The robot was confirmed as a Saudi citizen on October 25, 2017 during the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. After receiving the citizenship, Sophia spoke to the audience: "Good afternoon, my name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics. Thank you for having me here at the Future Investment Initiative". According to Hanson Robotics' website, Sophia - designed in Audrey Hepburn's image - is an evolving genius machine which "will enchant the world and connect with people regardless of age, gender, and culture".

Sophia by Hanson Robotics