As robotics become increasingly advanced, people will be forced to tackle issues that not long ago would have seemed purely the realm of science fiction: things like how to prevent robot apocalypses, how to treat robots in society, and robot citizenship. The latter category has indeed been granted, as Saudi Arabia has given Hanson Robotics' top robot, 'Sophia', an official, legal citizenship.
The specific details of the robotic citizenship for Sophia have not yet been made available to the public, so it remains to be seen whether Sophia will be granted the full rights of any other person from Saudi Arabia or whether she will receive a new distinction unique to robots.
In light of recent concerns about the future of robotics and AI from high profile figures like Elon Musk, it's interesting to see how different national governments will handle the issue in the coming years.
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