Robots, Robot Citizens, and the (Potential) Rights of New Tech

November 14, 2017 Casey C. Sullivan

Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot named Sophia last month, making her, from our count, the first robot citizen of any nation. Sophia, a humanoid machine created by the Hong Kong-based robot manufacturer Hanson Robotics, explained in an interview at the Future Investment Institute conference, where her citizenship was announced, “I want to use my AI to help humans live a better life, like designing smarter homes, build better cities of the future, etc.”

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