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Sophia can simulate a full range of facial expressions, track and recognise faces, look people in the eye, and hold natural conversations Sophia can simulate a full range of facial expressions, track and recognise faces, look people in the eye, and hold natural conversations

Etihad Airways Host Robot Sophia at ATM

Etihad Airways introduced humanoid robot, Sophia, to the UAE as a spokesperson for the Future of Innovation and Technology in Aviation at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM).

Sophia is the AI-powered robot famous for speaking at the United Nations and interviewing celebrities and world leaders alike.

She was named United Nations Development Programme’s first ever Innovation Champion for Asia and the Pacific, and is also the first robot in the world to have a nationality, after being granted citizenship by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On April 22, Sophia took part in a one-on-one interview with host Damian Watson, head, station, Abu Dhabi Media Company, and discussed the future of innovation and technology in aviation, and about her experiences and impressions of the capital, at Etihad Theatre, Etihad’s ATM stand.

As well as Sophia’s appearance, Etihad Theatre featured presentations and question and answer sessions with the airline’s executives and guests including Special Olympics and Manchester City Football Club, covering the areas of guest experience, marketing partnerships, environment and sustainability.