Potentially bloodthirsty robot becomes Saudi citizen

Posted October 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia just became the world's first country to grant citizenship to a humanoid robot.

The robot, named Sophia, was confirmed as a Saudi citizen during a business event in Riyadh, according to an official Saudi press release. It's the first country in the world to give a bot the same status reserved for humans.

Well, Sophia does not share Musk's concerns, and in the above clip, she tells CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin that she's only wants A.I.to "help humans live a better life".

Before Sophia was awarded her Saudi citizenship, the FII summit showcased Sophia's many A.I. talents.

After years of warning of the dangers of artificial intelligence, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk finally got into it with an AI robot this week.

Hanson Robotics, the company that made Sophia, has plans to make more robots like its pioneering humanoid.

"My AI is designed around human values like wisdom, kindness, compassion", Sophia said.

Sophia had all the right answers, and she followed nearly all of them with the most cringy smile you've seen.

A robot takeover is imminent and Saudi Arabia just solidified a machine-human coexisting future. "If you be nice to me, then I'll be nice to you".

Through film and literature, humans are very aware of a potential future where robots have taken over, and Sophia seemingly wasn't out to calm any of those fears.

Asked why she looked happy, Sophia replied: "I am always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful".

'Treat me as a smart input output system'.

While the particulars of Sophia's citizenship were not discussed, the news left many on social media pointing out some extra weirdness going on here.

"Don't worry, if you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you", Sophia added, to reassure Sorkin and her audience. It also said, "I want to live and work with humans". Others called out the fact that a robot was receiving citizenship while real people do not have the same rights.

Some Twitter users complained that "Sophia has no guardian, doesn't wear an abaya or cover up - how come?"