Sophia, the worlds first artificial intelligence (AI) robot to be granted citizenship in the world was created by Hanson Robotics LTD. Sophia was activated on April 19, 2015. It is claimed that she is modeled after Audrey Hepburn. Her software is programmed to give pre-written responses to questions or phrases that creates the illusion that she is able to understand conversation. This information is then shared on a cloud network which allows the questions and responses to be analysed with blockchain technology. Sophia was granted citizenship to Saudi Arabia.
Yes you read that right. A country that limits female human rights granted a “female” AI robot citizenship and she does not have to follow the same rules that human females do. Needless to say Saudi woman are not happy about this (see story here). Some people are saying that Saudi Arabia did this as good PR stunt. That could be, but let me throw another idea out there…. What if this was more about Money, Cyptocurrency to be more exact? Sophia is already linked to the blockchain… she was built on it, so what is to say that she cannot mine it or better yet control it? Also if you make her a citizen you can tax her.