Android given Saudi citizenship has more rights than women | World

Sophia the android, designed to look like Audrey Hepburn, was given Saudi citizenship at a conference in RiyadhReuters/Denis Balibouse

Saudi Arabia’s decision to grant citizenship to a human-like robot has sparked uproar among critics of the kingdom, who point out that the machine has more rights than women and migrant workers.

The robot, called Sophia, was the world’s first to be recognised as a citizen of a country, according to the Saudi authorities.

It was granted Saudi Arabian nationality at the Future Investment Initiative, a business conference in Riyadh this week, at which the country unveiled plans to build a $500 billion mega-city.

Sophia was designed by the Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics to look like Audrey Hepburn and was interviewed on stage at the event dressed in a suit, without the headscarf or covering that women are required to wear in public in…

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