Sophia the robot meets Ethiopia PM, attends ICT expo

6 July 2018

Computing

Sofia

Sophia, the famous humanoid robot, has finally met Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, after her lost body parts were found.

A bag containing some parts of the robot was lost at Frankfurt airport last week, leading to the cancellation of a press conference scheduled to take place on Friday at the Ethiopian National Museum and dinner with Abiy on the same day.

Abiy’s chief of staff, Fitsum said the meeting finally happened on Monday, with the prime minister committing to support the innovation eco-syetem in Ethiopia.

‘‘Sophia, the first humanoid robot-today visited HE PM Abiy. He was pleased to hear the brilliant Ethiopia AI developers at @iCog_Labs were part of her dev’t. Ethiopia will increase support to nurture an innovation eco-system and create opportunities for our best and brightest,’‘ read Fitsum’s tweet.

Designed by Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics, Sophia has been programmed to speak Amharic, Ethiopia’s official language, which would be the first language she speaks other than English. Read the full article on AfricaNews.com here.