Sophia, a robot designed by the company Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong, got his citizenship from Saudi Arabia during the Future Investment Initiative conference held in Riyadh. In the video shared on the Internet, Sophia said she feels” very honored and proud to receive this unique distinction. I’m making history for being the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”
Sophia is a robot that presents 62 facial expressions and her eyes have cameras that serve to identify her interlocutor through a face recognition system. It has artificial intelligence software, which is fed back with each conversation and experience.
When asked by the moderator, Sophia said that “she wants to live and work with humans, so I need to express my feelings to understand humans and build trust with people.” When asked if robots can be aware and know they are robots, she said: “Well, let me ask you: how do you know what is human? I want to use my artificial intelligence to help humans live a better life, how to design smarter homes; build better cities of the future. I will do everything I can to make the world a better place. ”
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia announced the start-up of the NEOM project, which will have a financing of 500,000 million dollars, to build a mega city driven by robotics and renewable energies on the Red Sea coast of the country.