After World's First Robot Citizen, Japan Grants Residency To An AI Chatbot

After the breaking news of Saudi Arabia becoming the first country in the world to grant citizenship to a robot, Japan is now making headlines for its decision to grant official residence to another AI bot, Shibuya Mirai.

According to Newsweek, Mirai, a 7-year-old humanoid chatbot whose name means 'future' in Japanese and who functions on the Line messaging app, has become a resident of Shibuya, a Tokyo ward with a population of around 224,000 people. The goal is to "make the district's local government more familiar to residents and allow officials to hear their opinions."