Sophia Robot attends Transform Africa Summit in Rwandan cultural costume


Sophia Robot has attended first day of Transform Africa Summit 2019 in traditional clothes locally known as ‘Umukenyero’

Transform Africa Summit which kicks off yesterday, has been attended by Sophia today in a yellow Rwandan traditional costume.

Participants have been impressed by her speech.

In 2017, Sophia was granted Saudi citizenship by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia- this was the first robot to be given legal person hood anywhere in the world. She was activated in 2016.

She has an unsettling human-like appearance, compounded with the complex ability to express emotions. She can make more than 50 facial expressions.

However, when Will Smith a celebrated US based music icon met with Sophia, everything went well during their conversation but when Smith tried to kiss, Sophia was not emotionally responsive.

Delegates at the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali are deliberating with Sophia under the theme “Boosting Africa’s Digital Economy”.

over 4,000 participants were expected at the summit and those who have confirmed include; Heads of State and Government, First Ladies, UN Broadband Commissioners, Ministers, Regulators, Mayors & Governors, Public & Private Sector, International Organizations, Industry Leaders, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Young Innovators, Civil Society and Academia.

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