There was some pretty interesting and unexpected news out of Saudi Arabia in the last couple of months. First, at the end of October 2017, Saudi Arabia became the first nation to grant citizenship to a robot. Yes, that’s right. A robot named Sophia that has the same rights – more in some cases – as actual human women in Saudi Arabia.
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Then, toward the end of November, Sophia made additional news, and this may have been one of the most interesting stories that major media didn't cover. Sophia, a newly minted citizen, announced she wanted a baby.
And, most people oohed and ahhed over this news, because of course she did. It’s the natural state of humans to want babies, right, so it makes sense that this artificial intelligence would come to the same conclusion.