When this announcement was made, reports Taylor Hatmaker in TechCrunch, Sophia said, "I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction." She appeared without an abaya.
She is probably the first robot to be granted the rights of citizenship.
Some blow off this development as a public relations stunt. Sophia's creator Hanson Robotics featured this at the Future Investment Summit in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia is seeking enhanced branding as a leader in tech and innovation. Also, it is struggling against criticism for its old-line gender rules. Just recently, females gained the right to drive.
Of course, legal experts, government leaders, and investors wonder about the implications of this move-both in Saudi Arabia and around the world.
In addition, advocates for animal rights now might have the conceptual ammo to push for pet companions to be recognized as citizens in legal transactions. In many states in the U.S., they are legally classified as mere property.
Should our animal companions become citizens, the criminal penalties for abuse could be stiff.
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