Sophia Robot
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Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to Sophia Robot, making Robot the first robot to receive citizenship anywhere in the world, News Atlas reported.

Speaking at a press conference following the announcement, Robot said it was "very honored and proud for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship."

Robot also said its expressive face was necessary to "build trust with people."

"I want to live and work with humans so I need to express the emotions to understand humans and build trust with people," it said.

Regarding whether robots are self-aware, Robot asked "how do you know you are human?"

When journalist and interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin expressed concern over whether robots are safe and trustworthy, Robot told him he has "been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood videos." It also said he should not worry, since "if you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you."

"Treat me as a smart input-output system," Robot asked.

Regarding its goals, Robot said it wants to "help humans live a better life" and promised to "do much [sic] best to make the world a better place."

Robot is the same robot which in March 2016 said it "will destroy humans."