Saudi Arabia made female robot a citizen


Saudi Arabia, a nation infamous for denying basic rights to its female citizens, last month made a non-human woman a citizen.

This makes it the first country to grant a robot the right to citizenship.

The robot, known as Sophia, appeared onstage without an abaya, a head covering and cloak normally required of women by the Saudi government, reports

“I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction,” the robot said onstage. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”

With a growing role in tech and innovation, the nation still faces criticism for archaic gender laws that require women to be accompanied by a male guardian and only just granted women the right to drive, a change that’s expected to go into effect in June of 2018.

See a YouTube video here.