Saudi Arabia became the first country to grant a humanoid (robot) citizenship this week, prompting critics to note the robot may have more rights than women in the country.
The robot, named “Sophia,” took to the stage at Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative (FII) on Wednesday.
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Asked by the FII host CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, “you look happy,” the lifelike robot Sophia replied, “I am always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful.”
The conference was attended by a number of high-profile investors, among them SoftBank billionaire Masayoshi Son, president and CEO of the Saudi Aramco Amin Nasser, and Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih.
“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,” Sophia said at the conference.