Rwanda: Humanoid Robot Sophia part of 2019 Transform Africa Summit

APA - Kigali (Rwanda)

Sophia, the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered humanoid robot to have been granted citizenship, is part of the 5th Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, APA reported Wednesday here.

The  Transform Africa Summit is the Smart Africa flagship event. Following  four successful editions, the fifth Summit will take place in Kigali,  Rwanda, from 14 – 17 May 2019.

According to the organisers, the  summit  which is being organised under the theme “Boosting Africa’s  Digital Economy”,  is also expected to attract over 4,000 participants.

Being  conducted for the fifth time in Rwanda, the summit has attracted Heads  of State and Government, First Ladies, UN Broadband Commissioners,  Ministers, Regulators, Mayors and  Governors, Publicand Private Sector,  International Organizations, Industry Leaders, Investors, Entrepreneurs,  Young Innovators, Civil Society and Academia.

In addition to the  Smart Africa Leaders Summit, the Smart Africa Women’s Summit and  interactive plenaries, the summit will feature subject specific streams  tackling current ICT topics.

Delegates will be able to attend  insightful and  engaging streams including Hubs as well as several  customized sessions by our partners.

Speaking on the sidelines of  the summit , Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente stressed that  technology is very important for Africa as it offers an opportunity to  realize the integration of the continent faster and smarter.

"Technology  also breaks the usual borders that has traditionally defined our  countries," the senior Rwandan Government official said.

Humanoid robot Sophia is currently being used as a walking, manipulation, speech and vision development platform.


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