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‘Sophia’ has become the world’s first “citizen robot”, after Saudi Arabia granted her honorary citizenship

by Futures Centre, Nov 9
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Sophia becomes the world’s first robot to be granted citizenship, by Saudi Arabia. Upon receiving Saudi citizenship, she said in an interview at the Future Investment Initiateive in Riyadh, “I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction”.


Based on Audery Hepburn, she was created in Hong Kong by Dr. David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics, who specialises in making robots that both look and act like ‘real’ humans. Being able to hold a conversation is one thing, but Sophia has already given interviews, sung in a concert and taken part in a photoshoot for a top fashion magazine.


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