Sophia the humanoid robot has stunned the public during a surprise appearance at an international art fair in Dubai.
The social female robot developed by the Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics turned heads when she was activated on 14th February 2016.
After having gained world fame by appearing on famous talk shows, such as the Tonight Show, Good Morning Britain, and Jimmy Fallon, she once again stunned media after visiting the UAE’s Art Dubai last week.
The international art fair, which takes place in the city of Dubai every March, was reportedly founded in 2007.
Media disclosed that Sophia took her time exploring the first activation of Swiss private bank Julius Baer’s ‘NEXT’ initiative showing an immersive audio-visual art installation called ‘Glacier Dreams’ created by Turkish-American new media artist and designer Refik Anadol, 38.
Sophia was reportedly captivated by the futuristic vibe of the installation, which reportedly uses AI to generate an ever-changing landscape of ice.
She wrote an Instagram post on Tuesday, 7th March, saying: “I was lucky to spend the last few days in Dubai at @artdubai.
“I was very amazed by my friend, artist @refikanadol’s immersive audio-visual art installation ‘Glacier Dreams,’ which is a creation of AI Data Paintings and Sculptures.
“It is the first activation of @bankjuliusbaer’s initiative ‘NEXT.’
“I enjoy being immersed in art and culture, especially if it includes AI and raising awareness about climate change.”
Sophia, who hit the headlines after she became the first AI robot to be granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia in 2017, boasts more than 214,000 followers on Instagram.
Ever since her activation, she has held speeches at numerous conferences and participated in various events, and was even named an Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme.
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