Sophia, the first robot citizen

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This robot in Saudi Arabia has sparked a debate that has always been brewing up storm in the psyche of the women citizens in the country.

Saudi Arabia bestowed citizenship on Sophia ahead of the Future Investment Initiative, held in the kingdom's capital city of Riyadh on Wednesday. He was quoted saying, "We have a little announcement". "I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction".

Women in Saudi Arabia are yet to get their rights to live according to their will.

During a press conference following the presentation Sophia was questioned by journalists, with Andrew Sorkin from CNBC and The New York Times pressing the robot on its motives and whether it has negative intentions to its human masters.

Basking in the attention, the robot then thanked the country.

The catch? Sophia is not human - she's the latest robot created by David Hanson in his attempt to develop artificial intelligence that can aid elderly people and act as human-like assistants.

Some pundits, however, pointed out that the same same rights are not being given to many people in the country.

Fortunately for the human race, Sophia made comments more along those lines at the recent Future Investment Initiative event.

Sophia ably fielded various questions on robots.

People already noticed that she was allowed to give a speech without wearing any type of headscarf and she talked on her own without any male guardian. "You've been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies", Sophia jokingly told Sorkin. "It is historic to be the first robot in the world granted citizenship".

"Sophia has no guardian, doesn't wear an abaya or cover up - how come?" one Twitter user wrote.

The system could work in a similar way to the "personhood" status proposed by European Parliament earlier this year, which would see robots with AI given rights and responsibilities. When asked about the evil futuristic robots depicted in films like Blade Runner 2049, Sophia said humans have nothing to fear.

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