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Sophia, world's first robot citizen, proves fiction can show science the future

Sophia, a humanoid robot developed by a Hong Kong-based company, has just been given legs. The robot has been creating ripples all around the world ever since its activation in 2015. Recently, at IIT Bombay’s TechFest, students and technology enthusiasts from all across India got an opportunity to meet this modern marvel of artificial intelligence (AI).

Modelled on the legendary Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn, Sophia is the world’s first robot to be granted the citizenship of a country. That’s right! In October 2017, the robot was granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia. In November 2017, Sophia was named the United Nations Development Programme’s Innovation Champion, in the process becoming the first non-human to be given a UN title.

What separates Sophia from other robots is its ability to

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