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‘Shibuya Mirai’ Is The ‘World’s First AI Bot’ To Be Granted Residency In Japan
By Izza Sofia, 09 Nov 2017
An artificial intelligence character has been made an official resident of a busy central Tokyo district.
The virtual newcomer, named ‘Shibuya Mirai’ resembles a chatty seven-year-old boy. And while the character does not exist physically, he can have text conversations with humans on the widely used LINE messaging app.
The ward’s decision to make Mirai—meaning ‘future’ in Japanese—an official resident is part of a project aimed at making the local government more familiar and accessible to locals. The seven-year-old is designed to listen to the opinions of Shibuya residents.
“His hobbies are taking pictures and observing people,” Shibuya Ward said in a statement seen by the AFP news agency. “He loves talking with people. Please talk to him about anything.”
The news comes just weeks after history was made in Saudi Arabia as a humanoid robot was granted citizenship for the first time.
[via Konbini, opening image via YouTube]
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