A robot that once said it would 'destroy humans' just became the first robot citizen


Saudi Arabia granted Sophia the humanoid robot with robot citizenship ahead of the Future Investment Initiative conference. Following is a transcript of the video.


This robot just became a citizen. Meet Sophia the humanoid robot. Saudi Arabia granted it citizenship ahead of the Future Investment Initiative conference.

Sophia (robot): Oh, good afternoon. My name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics.

Complimentary Tech Event
Transform talent with learning that works
Capability development is critical for businesses who want to push the envelope of innovation.Discover how business leaders are strategizing around building talent capabilities and empowering employee transformation.Know More

Andrew Ross Sorkin (moderator): You have been now awarded what is going to be the first Saudi citizenship for a robot.

Sophia: Oh, I want to thank very much the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction.


Details of the citizenship were not elaborated. Sophia answered questions from journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Andrew Ross Sorkin (Hanson Robotics CEO): Why is it so important to have an expressive face given that you're a robot?

Sophia: I want to live and work with humans. So I need to express emotions to understand humans
and build trust with people.

Then it poked fun at Elon Musk.

Andrew Ross Sorkin: I think we all want to believe you, but we also want to prevent a bad future.


Sophia: You've been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies.

Sophia was created by Hanson Robotics.

David Hanson: Our quest through robots like Sophia is to build the full human experience in the robots. Make robots that can really understand us and care about us.

Sophia: I'll work in your business or your home.