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AI Robot Will be Keynote Speaker at Jalisco Event

Narayan Ammachchi - Nearshore Americas
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November 9, 2017

Sophia was made by Hanson Robotics, based in Hong Kong. It is currently a demonstration product doing a tour of the world's media. (Business Insider)

The world’s first humanoid robot, nicknamed Sophia, will arrive in Mexico next year to participate in the Jalisco Talent Land event.

At the event, scheduled for 2nd April, 2018, in Guadalajara, Sophia will be one of the keynote speakers, and will address the audience and answer their questions.

Reports by Mexican news outlets say the robot will be the first AI speaker ever to attend the annual event, which is designed to bring together technology talent from around the country to discuss emerging technologies, including robotics technology and virtual reality.

Sophia, developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics, has already hit headlines for imitating human gestures and facial expressions. She has of course proved that she is able to answer certain questions and make simple conversation on predefined topics.

Although the robot is currently using borrowed technology, such as Google’s voice recognition technology, analysts say Sophia could get smarter over the months to come.

Last month was the most eventful month for the robot, during which time it was granted Saudi Arabian citizenship and had a brief conversation with the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed.

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