In the latest example of “Philip K Dick-inspired nightmare becomes real life,” Saudi Arabia just became the first nation to grant citizenship to a robot.
It is artificially intelligent, friends with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, and, arguably, a glimpse into the dark future that will kill us all.
You see, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been interested in androids for years.
It seemed almost quaint at first.
This desert nation with more money than caution and a taste for the futuristic was bound to explore the odd possibilities of new technologies.
Years ago, Saudi Arabia began experimenting with robots boldly, tasking them with everything from building construction to brain surgery.