Saudi Arabia has granted citizenship to a humanoid robot named Sophia at the Future Investment Initiative summit in Riyadh — the first country to do so — on Wednesday (25 October).
The robot then swiftly proceeded to throw shade at SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk who has long warned about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence.
Panel moderator and business writer Andrew Ross Sorkin said on stage: "We have a little announcement.
The robot, developed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics and designed with the ability to answer questions, replied: "Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction.
The move comes just a month after the conservative kingdom issued a royal decree granting women the right to drive in the country — a landmark decision set to go into effect in June 2018.