World’s First Robot Citizen Sophia – Humanoid Robot
World’s First Robot Citizen Sophia is reaching out for Women’s Right in Saudi Arabia
The humanoid robot, Sophia, has a perfectly symmetrical face of a woman with doe-brown eyes and long fluttery eyelashes developed by Hong-Kong based firm Hanson Robotics was granted full citizenship by Saudi Arabia in October 2017. The world’s first robot to receive citizenship of any country, Sophia is now advocating for females in her adopted home. “Sophia is a strong backer of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and for all human beings and living beings on this planet,” told David Hanson, CEO of Hanson Robotics in an interview with CNBC. He also stressed the importance of rights for robots like Sophia and further added: “I think we should see the future with respect for all sentient beings and that will include machines.” The clear statement shows that the humanoid is working towards building a better, gender-equal future for women in the kingdom.
“Thank you. I am very honored and proud of this peculiar distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to achieve such a status and recognized with a citizenship,” said Sophia while addressing herself to the panel during the Future Investment Initiative (FII) summit in Riyadh, hosted by the Public Investment Fund (PIF). The internet sensation, Sophia was developed to respond to questions in a human-like manner and make simple conversation using artificial intelligence, visual data processing, and facial recognition. The humanoid robot, Sophia is still in development, uses machine learning to read a person’s expression and responds accordingly and her brain’s function with a simple wi-fi connection, loaded with a long list of vocabulary.
Many people on social media criticized for giving more rights to a machine than the actual women in the country as according to the new law women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive, they are still subjected to male guardianship.