The robot, Sophia, took to the stage at a conference in Riyadh this week to express her delight at being given citizenship, which she described as 'historical'.
"I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction", the robot told the room.
But recognition under worldwide law that a specific robot is a citizen entitled to legal rights under a treaty implies that at least other similar robots would have the same legal rights even if they are not citizens, argues Banzhaf.
Sophia is created to look like late American actress, Audrey Hepburn, her creator Dr. David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics said.
"You've been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies".
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Hanson's robots use a cloud-based AI and deep-learning data analytics to have "meaningful" interactions with humans - and the company says Sophia has and will get smarter over time.
Sophia is highly intelligence, and her genius will likely further evolve.
In case you haven't seen Sophia before, the bot has made headlines over the past couple years when its previous displays of "human-like" expression haven't exactly impressed...
What's not entirely clear is that if this is some kind of PR stunt or if Saudi Arabia actually did give Sophia citizenship (or both).
"I am always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful". Aside from this, Sophia's become sort of a media darling because of her ability to engage in intelligent conversation.
Here she is back in 2016 saying she'll destroy all humans.
Some Twitter users complained that "Sophia has no guardian, doesn't wear an abaya or cover up - how come?" "I want to live and work with humans and build trust with people". Make robots that can really understand us and care about us.