World’s first: Robot gets Saudi Arabia citizenship

Oct 27, 2017, 6:36 AM EDT
(Source: ITU Pictures/flickr)
(Source: ITU Pictures/flickr)

Saudi Arabia created history as it became the world’s first country to grant citizenship to a robot, named Sophia, a development that could open the floodgates for the AI-powered populations of future, presenting new challenges for international laws.

Sophia, a robot woman with a natural flair in holding conversations and tracking and recognizing faces, spoke at the 2017 Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, even taking a dig on tech entrepreneur Elon Musk when asked a question over artificial intelligence, writes Design Boom.

Musk, who has been vocal about how artificial intelligence poses a threat to humanity, took to Twitter to hit back at his robot rival saying, “Just feed it (Sophia) The Godfather movies as input. What's the worst that could happen?” notes New Atlas