Saudi Arabia has become the first country in the world to grant a robot citizenship.
The robot, namedSophia, appeared on stage in the city of Riyadh on Oct. 23 to give a speech at the Future Investment Initiative summit.
The crowd became so enamored with Sophia, created by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, the kingdom immediately bestowed the android with the unique distinction on Wednesday.
“This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship,” the robot said.
While this means it will be illegal to switch Sophia off or dismantle her, it is unclear what rights she has been afforded.
Sophia’s appointment of citizenship has unleashed a tirade of public backlash, with many arguing the female robot has been granted more rights than real women in the country.