Saudi Arabia on Wednesday became the first country to grant citizenship to a robot.
Sophia, an advanced lifelike humanoid robot, was built by the Hong-Kong-based Hanson Robotics for the purpose of aiding seniors and visitors to parks.
Sophia’s face is designed to look like actor Audrey Hepburn, with a skin-like surface covering the robotics in her head.
To make her appear as human as possible, Hanson gave her the ability to express different emotions. Her eyes also change colour in response to lighting.
The announcement came in the lead up of the Future Investment Initiative held in Riyadh, the country’s capital.
“I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship,” Sophia told the initiative’s panel in response.
Sophia was interviewed on-stage in a stilted conversation at the Future Investment Initiative conference.
“I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics,” Sophia told panel moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin. “I feel that people like interacting with me sometimes more than a regular human.”
Watch the video below during her presentation at the IBC conference in Amsterdam last September.