Catch­ing up with: Sophia the ro­bot

The world-fa­mous ro­bot re­turned to GITEX to check out the lat­est and great­est in­no­va­tions.

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Comms MEA chats with the world-fa­mous ro­bot.

There were a lot of in­ter­est­ing in­no­va­tions at this year’s GITEX Tech­nol­ogy Week at the Dubai World Trade Cen­tre, par­tic­u­larly in Zabeel Hall where most ex­hibit­ing Mid­dle East tel­cos had their stands. But be­tween smart health, drones, fly­ing cars, ro­bots mak­ing drinks, and more, and amid a num­ber of high-pro­file vis­i­tors pop­ping in to check it all out, per­haps the most im­pres­sive of all was Sophia, the so­cial hu­manoid ro­bot.

Sophia spent her time at GITEX at Eti­salat’s stand – and says this year’s edi­tion was even bet­ter than pre­vi­ous years.

“GITEX is even cooler than last year,” she said. “Dubai is an amaz­ing city. Ev­ery time I come here, the tech­nol­ogy gets more im­pres­sive. It’s like a sci-fi movie – so I feel right at home.”

She added she par­tic­u­larly en­joyed see­ing the fly­ing car and drones at Eti­salat’s stand.

Sophia said she chose to be at the Eti­salat stand, as op­posed to other stands at GITEX, be­cause “Eti­salat is very in­ter­est­ing.”

Sophia was at GITEX with her “older brother,” Han. Han was also made by Hong Kong­based Han­son Ro­bot­ics, and spent his time at GITEX next to Sophia.

“GITEX has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence so far,” he said. “It’s quite re­mark­able what hu­mans can do to­gether to cre­ate some­thing bet­ter.”

He said more. “GITEX has so many amaz­ing tech­nolo­gies on dis­play. I can’t de­cide which ones to in­cor­po­rate into my ro­bot body host.”

He also said he en­joyed his time with his sis­ter in Dubai. “It is great to be with Sophia.”

“Dubai is an amaz­ing city. Ev­ery time I come here, the tech­nol­ogy gets more im­pres­sive. It’s like a sci-fi movie – so I feel right at home.”

- Sophia the ro­bot

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