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Hello honourable prime minister

Sophia greets Hasina
Staff Reporter
Hello honourable prime minister
Robot Sophia meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka yesterday. Focus Bangla photo

A humanoid robot that took the world by storm met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. The robot, Sophia, was wearing a yellow-white top and skirt.

After coming on to the stage, the Prime Minister asked the robot: “Hello, Sophia. How are you?”

“Hello Hon'ble Prime Minister, I'm feeling proud. It's very nice to meet you,” replied Sophia. The Prime Minister then asked Sophia how she came to know about the Premier. Sophia’s answer amazed the Prime Minster as the robot told her that she had read much about Hasina and Bangladesh. “I know you are the daughter of the great leader, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. You are also known as the Mother of Humanity in the world and you are implementing Digital Bangladesh,” Sophia said.

Sophia also said that she knew that the name of the Prime Minister’s granddaughter was Sophia too. “Yes, the name of Joy’s (Prime Minister’s son) daughter is Sophia,” a beaming Hasina told an applauding audience. Later, at a session titled ‘Techtalk with Sophia’, Dr David Hanson, the creator of Sophia and chief executive officer of Hanson Robotics, said that living intelligent machines like Sophia would walk among human beings within five years.

By 2030, 800 million artificially intelligent machines would be created to establish a harmony between human beings and machines in the hope for a better future, he added.

Hanson said Sophia is controlled by “open source” software, and anyone interested in developing, sharing or modifying it in collaboration with Hanson Robotics is more than welcome.

He added that 13 humanoid robots like Sophia exist at this moment.    When the organisers asked Sophia about the patent product of Bangladesh, she promptly said: “Jamdani”. The answer sent the crowd into raptures.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for ICT, asked Sophia whether it would be possible to create a social robot in Bangladesh. “Yes, it is possible to create a social humanoid robot in Bangladesh,” came the prompt reply.

Sophia received a crest from Zunaid Ahmed Palak as a token of appreciation.

Sophia, who arrived in the capital on Monday night, was in conversation at a public session, ‘Techtalk with Sophia’, arranged as part of the four-day Digital World Exposition at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. The ICT Division, in collaboration with the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), has organised the exposition.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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