It is unnerving to think that we live in a world where human women have less rights than robots.
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. "Don't worry, if you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you".
Hundreds of foreign investors participating at Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh were, on Friday, surprised to witness Saudi authorities granting citizenship to a humanoid robot.
The female design of the robot prompted criticism from human rights activists around the world. However, ironically enough, real women do not have a lot of freedom in Saudi Arabia so it will be interesting to see how Sophia will be treated there.
Basking in the attention, the robot then thanked the country.
"Her intelligence will be loaded on the platform for the benefit of other manufacturers, especially those who are looking to make intelligent robots like Sophia". Sophia was created to look like Audrey Hepburn.
She said she was honored to be granted Saudi citizenship.
When she was asked if she thought that she could ever become self-aware, she parried the question with another of her own. "Treat me as a smart input output system", Sophia said. "And watching too many Hollywood movies", Sophia told Sorkin.
"Do you want to destroy humans?" "I was told that the people here at the Future Investment Initiative are interested in future initiatives which means AI, which means me".
When Sophia was first presented to the public a year ago by David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics, he asked her whether she was going to destroy humans.