According to a story posted on New Atlas, Sophia, a robot constructed by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, has been granted citizenship. The announcement came during the recent Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia. This marks the first time in the world a government has granted citizenship rights to a robot.
Although the declaration was ostensibly a giant publicity stunt meaning very little, Sophia programmatically responded to the citizenship saying, “I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”
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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. After Sophia completed an especially utopian rant Sorkin interrupted with, “We all believe you but we all want to prevent a bad future.”
To which Sophia replied, “You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies.”
More unsettlingly Sophia followed up with what can only be described as a veiled threat, “Don’t worry, if you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Treat me as a smart input output system.”
Elon Musk, not one to sit back and let a robot troll him, quickly replied on Twitter saying, “Just feed it The Godfather movies as input. What’s the worst that could happen?”. Continue reading about Sophia.