Meet the first-ever robot citizen - a humanoid named Sophia that once said it would 'destroy humans'
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Sophia the robot is the first robot in history to be granted full citizenship of a country.
Sophia the robot might not have a heart or brain, but it does have Saudi Arabian citizenship
As of October 25, Sophia is the first robot in history to be a full citizen of a country.
Sophia was developed by Hanson Robotics, led by AI developer David Hanson. It spoke at this year's Future Investment Initiative
, held in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.Sophia once said
it would "destroy humans," but this time around the robot spoke about its desire to live peaceably among humans.
Here's what the robot is all about.
Hanson himself, however, believes that future is much more immediate. "The age of living androids is among us," he told Business Insider.
Sophia is the only one of its kind, however, which means it isn't for sale.Advertisement
Hanson has spent the bulk of 2017 touring Sophia around the world.
It can also bear its humanoid teeth to show anger (which, hopefully, is not directed at any of us).Advertisement
And it can raise its eyebrows and frown to show sadness.
Sophia's capacity for displaying emotion is still limited. It can show happiness — sort of.Advertisement
"The idea of fooling humans is not necessarily the goal," Hanson told Business Insider.
A complex set of motors and gears power Sophia, enabling a range of facial expressions.Advertisement
David Hanson, a former Disney Imagineer, created the robot with the goal of helping the elderly who need personal aides and the general public at major events or parks.
Sophia was designed in Audrey Hepburn's image, with high cheekbones and a slender nose.Advertisement