Sophia: Robot Wants to Be First Humanoid to Scale Mt Everest

Sophia, the world's first humanoid robot citizen

Sophia the world’s first humanoid robot citizen, wants to be the first non-human to conquer the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest.

Sophia, who became the first non-human to be given citizenship in Saudi Arabia this year, has been roped in by the UNDP as its first-ever innovation champion to help promote the UN’s sustainable development goals in Asia and the Pacific.

“Science and technology gives ample opportunity for development,” Sophia said at the event.

Sophia also appealed to all to save the planet from ongoing depletion and scars to make it safe for future generations.

Designed by Hanson Robotics of Hong Kong, Sophia is the first ever rationale robot with human traits.

“Technology and artificial intelligence can help us take a big leap in ending poverty, hunger, ensuring better health, fighting corruption and ensuring gender equality,” Sophia said.

Noting that Nepal is rich in biodiversity, language and culture, Sophia said the government should be transparent and understand the needs of the people.

“We can have direct access to the people living in remote areas with the advancement in telemedicine and education sector,” Sophia said.

The programme was attended by a large number of people including government officials, environmental experts, social activists, diplomats, journalists and students.

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