Sophia, a robotic woman, has been granted citizenship to the Middle Eastern nation of Saudi Arabia.
But who is Sophia? Well to answer that you have to go back, back to a man known as David Hanson. Dr. Hanson founded the company Hanson Robotics in 2003 in order to, according to their press statement, “Bring robots to life, literally.” The Hong Kong-based company prides itself on creating the world’s most lifelike artificial intelligence. Shell bodies combined with ‘Character Engine cognition software,’ the robots can think for themselves, with the ability to perceive emotions and understand conversation.