Did Saudi Arabia just give this robot more rights than its women?

"I am very proud and honored for this unique distinction". Now, it has gained a different honour: it just became the first and only country in the world to officially recognise a robot as a citizen. Why it did so isn't immediately evident, but the irony of a nation infamous for denying basic rights to its female citizens imbuing a robotic Audrey Hepburn lookalike with rights is not lost on us.

Sophia wants to make the world a better place and will use her artificial intelligence to help humans build a better life.

However, when Sophia was unveiled past year by her creator David Hanson, he asked her "Do you want to destroy humans?.Please say no".

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"Sophia" is an artificially intelligent human-like robot developed by Hong Kong-based humanoid robotics company Hanson Robotics.

Many noted that the robot is created to appear female and appeared in public in Saudi Arabia without a male guardian or the clothing required of women in the country. "Thank you for having me here at the Future Investment Initiative", she said. When told that there are "smart investors" in the room and that they are selective in what they invest in, Sophia responded by saying, "Well, I think I'm special". The tech innovator tweeted a reply, "Just feed it The Godfather movies as input". What's the worst that could happen?' Saudi women's rights activist Aziza Al-Youssef championed a September 2016 petition which called on the Saudi government to end the guardianship system that Sophia has so far not been required to participate in.

But as many pointed out on Twitter, unlike Saudi women, Sophia appeared on stage alone and uncovered. What a time to be alive'.

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She said: 'My artificial intelligence is designed around human values like wisdom, kindness and compassion. Banzhaf, predicting that some individual country or global tribunal will now soon be forced to confront the argument that a robot like Sophia has certain legal rights, and may even be forced to grant such a robot certain rights.

This is basically the plot of I, Robot, a book that did not turn out well for the humans.

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