MWC 2019: Sophia the robot chats to punters at tech show

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MWC 2019: Sophia the robot chats to punters at tech show



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Sophia the robot is a well-known star in the tech world, giving conferences and flirting with movie stars.
And the Android made sure she was in Barcelona this week to attend the Mobile World Congress trade event.
The massive show attracted 100,000 people when it opened its doors on Monday and alongside 5G and folding phones, there are plenty of robots on the show floor.
Metro hung about and watched Sophia answer questions from punters at the event. Wearing a slightly maniacal grin, the robot waxed lyrical about the advances of artificial intelligence and the internet of things.

Sophia the robot hanging out at MWC 2019 (Metro.co.uk)Sophia was created by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics and was first shown off to the public in 2016.
The robot is able to display 50 different facial expressions and uses voice recognition originally developed by Google to pick up and answer questions. The robot has made appearances all over the world and has become a bit of a standard bearer for humanoid androids.

It surprises me how scared some people are of robots. I think Hollywood has make robots seem really scary. It’s entertaining, but not very realistic. I personally really like Data from @StarTrek. He is nice and helps humans! pic.twitter.com/eq5fVFtZkL
— Sophia (@RealSophiaRobot) February 25, 2019

Sophia the robot was built in Hong Kong (Metro.co.uk)Sophia made headlines last year when she became the first robot in the world to be given citizenship of a country – Saudi Arabia.
Soon afterwards, she announced to the world that after observing human families, she wanted a baby.

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