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World’s first robot citizen Sophia arrives in Dhaka

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-12-05 15:10:24 BdST


The world’s first artificially intelligent robot citizen, Sophia, has landed in Dhaka to attend the Digital World-2017.

Parts of the humanoid robot remained inside a box throughout the flight from Hong Kong, Abu Naser, public relations officer at the ICT Division, has said.

After landing at 12am Tuesday, the box, accompanied by an operator, was taken to a five-star hotel from the airport, he said.

The creator of Sophia, Dr David Hanson, is due to arrive on Tuesday night.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Digital World expo on Wednesday.

Sophia, who resembles Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn, will interact with visitors at the expo from 2:30pm to 4:30pm the same day.

She will take questions from visitors at the Hall of Fame inside the Banganandhu International Conference Centre or BICC at a session, “Techtalk with Sophia”, open for 1,700 visitors.

She will take 10 or 15 questions from each visitor. Dr David Hanson will deliver a speech at the end of the session.

State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak will also be present.

Syed Gousul Alam Shaon, managing director and country head of Grey Advertising Bangladesh, will moderate the event.

The ICT Division released a video message of Sophia for Bangladesh on Thursday, which went viral over social media.

Sophia thanked the ICT Division of Bangladesh government and Islami Bank Bangladesh in the video.

Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics Ltd made Sophia. The company says its humanlike robots have remarkable expressiveness, liveliness, and interactivity.

Sophia became the world’s first robot citizen after receiving Saudi citizenship in October this year.

Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd and Grey Advertising Bangladesh Ltd have organised Sophia’s tour to Bangladesh.

Sophia will set off for Hong Kong soon after her session at BICC.