Image: Sophia the Humanoid.

RIYADH, SAUDI - Saudi Arabia has become the first country to grant citizenship to a robot.

The robot who is named Sophia the Humanoid, was designed to look like Audrey Hepburn recevied her citizenship which was announced at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction,” Sophia said in an interview with moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin.


 “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”, she said.  Sophia was created by David Hanson for Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics. Hanson is known for making human-like robots. “I want to live and work with humans so I need to express the emotions to understand humans and build trust with people,” Sophia said.

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE