Japanese grant residency to AI chatbot

Last week BioEdge reported that Saudi Arabia had become the first nation to grant citizenship to a robot. This week, a chatbot programmed to be a seven-year-old boy has been granted residency in Tokyo, Japan.

The chatbot, dubbed “Shibuya Mirai”, received a special residency card for Shibuya Ward in a ceremony last week, coinciding with a conference about children living in the ward.

“His hobbies are taking pictures and observing people,” Shibuya Ward said in a statement seen by AFP. The boy’s face is a digital amalgamation of profile photos of the residents of Shibuya.

The AI bot is intended to provide a more accessible interface between the local government and the inhabitants of Shibuya, though its precise role in the ward is yet to be decided.

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