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Sophia To Become World's 1st Robot To Get A Country's Citizenship

Robot: A classical definition of robot is a machine that has capabilities to sense, think, act or communication.

Saudi Arabia created a history by providing a non-human women a citizenship of their country, making itself the first country to grant a robot the right to citizenship, at least as far as we know about it. Why it did so isn't immediately evident, it is irony for a nation which is infamous for  denying basic rights to it's female citizens. The robot name is Sophia, it appeared onstage without an abaya, a head covering and clock normally required of women by the Saudi Govt.

“I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction,” the robot said this onstage. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with a citizenship of any country.”

The revelation/PR stunt came out of the Future Investment Initiative summit held at Riyadh. Hanson Robotics, company which developed the robot, hails it as "most beautiful and celebrated robot," a claim to fame  which surely ensures our non-human counterparts will be just as sexually objectified as their blood and flesh foremothers. The company goes on to luxurious gendered compliments on its object of affection, admiring it's beautiful skin, nose and smile with effusive praise that's unsettling at best but mostly gross.

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) manages more than $200 billion USD in assets, including investments in Uber. With a growing role in tech and innovation, the nation still faces criticism for old fashioned gender laws that require women to be accompanied by a male guardian and only just granted women the right to drive, a change that’s expected to go into effect in June of 2018. Last month, Saudi Arabia announced that it would open itself to VoIP calling services like Skype and WhatsApp.

For his part, Elon Musk isn’t fooled by Sophia’s delicate features, fully assume her to go total AI terminator on her creators.

Should Sophia’s citizenship hold up in court in some strange future within the law precedent that will come back to haunt us 10 years from now? Was the whole thing a depressingly desolate, unironic attempt at publicity for Sophia’s human captors? Almost definitely yes, but only time will tell about how international law will handle the appearance of AI-powered populations, a future that seems more certain to arrive with each passing day.

As a woman, we’re not sure what exactly Sophia’s set of rights will afford her in one of the most crushing countries on the planet, but if she sticks around till next year she can at least score a set of wheels to get the hell out.

This is the Sophia's story to become the world's first AI powered robot to be granted any country's citizenship. Thanks to the Saudi Government for their progressive initiative.
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