Saudi Arabia has become the first nation to grant citizenship to a robot - prompting critics to point out that the cyborg now has more rights than women in the country.
The oil-rich state made the baffling announcement at a conference in capital city Riyadh.
A robot named Sophia was filmed giving a speech after being given the 'unique distinction'.
The move means it is illegal to switch it off or dismantle it, but it is unclear what other rights have been conferred on the mechanoid.
The life-like device said in a speech at the Future Investment Initiative summit: "I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction.