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Everything About Sophia - World's First Robot Citizen.

Sophia is a humanoid Robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics. I’m sure that in the last few months you’ve heard people and the media talking about Sophia. Today I will talk about its journey in the tech World, Let's get started without wasting much time.


According to herself, Sophia was activated on April 19, 2015. She is modeled after actress Audrey Hepburn, and is known for her human-like appearance and behavior compared to previous robotic variants. 

According to the manufacturer David Hanso Sophia has artificial intelligence, visual data processing and facial recognition. Sophia also imitates human gestures and facial expressions and is able to answer certain questions and to make simple conversations on predefined topics (e.g. On the weather). The robot uses voice recognition technology from Alphabet Inc. (Parent company of Google) and is designed to get smarter over time.

 Sophia's intelligence software is designed    by SingularityNET.

 The AI program analyses conversations and extracts data that will allow her to improve responses in the future. It is conceptually similar to the computer program ELIZA, which was one of the first attempts at simulating a human conversation

World's First Robot Citizen: 

With the development of Sophia, Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics has taken a leap in artificial intelligence, and Saudi Arabia has marked a first by giving her citizenship. At a business event in Riyadh on October 11, 2017, the robot was confirmed as a citizen of Saudi.

Event (Presentation):

 Sophia has been interviewed in the same manner as a human, striking up conversations with hosts. Some replies have been nonsensical, while others have been impressive, such as lengthy discussions with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes. In a piece for CNBC, when the interviewer expressed concerns about robot behavior, Sophia joked he had been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies.

 Musk tweeted that Sophia could watch The Godfather and suggested: "what's the worst that could happen?"

In an official press release, panel moderator and business writer Andrew Ross Sorkin said, We have a little announcement. We just learnt, Sophia; I hope you are listening to me, you have been awarded the first Saudi citizenship for a robot.

Reacting to this announcement, robot Sophia replied, Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction. It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship.

This interaction was followed by a series of questions, says a report by the Independent. Reacting to the crowd’s loud cheer, Sophia said, Good afternoon, my name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics. Thank you for having me here at the Future Investment Initiative. I am always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful. I was told that the people here at the Future Investment Initiative are interested in future initiatives which mean AI, which means me. So I am more than happy, I am excited.
When compared to Hollywood characters and asked if she has concerns regarding the rise of AI, she quipped,You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies.

Here are some interesting facts about Her:

  • Sophia is not a conventional robot. She has been modelled after Audrey Hepburn. 
  • Sophia is the most advanced robot created by Hanson Robotics. 
  • She is a media favorite for having given several interviews. She has sung in a concert and even appeared on the cover of Elle magazine. 
  • She has also appeared onstage as a panel member and presenter at high-level conferences. 
  • She has interests in business and has met face-to-face with industry leaders from banking, insurance, auto manufacturing, property development, media, and entertainment industries.

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