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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."

By Justina Bakutyte, published on 07/11/2017

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