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Scientific Lecture and Meetings to be Held with Sophia the Robot for the First Time in Kuwait

On 24th and 25th of this month, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) is organizing a special event, during Space Month, hosted by KFAS' Scientific Center. This event includes a meet and greet with Sophia the Robot, as well as a scientific lecture on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) presented by Sophia the Robot and her developer, Dr. David Hanson.

On the evening of Thursday, 24 October, Dr. Hanson will deliver a lecture in the Scientific Center as part of the KFAS Links lecture series, accompanied by Sophia the Robot, in which they will talk about robotics and artificial intelligence, and how these inventions and recent developments contribute to space journeys and explorations.

In this special event, Sophia the Robot will be on display in the Scientific Center to interact with visitors from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM on Thursday 24th October, while on Friday 25 October, Sophia the Robot will engage with TSCK's visitors from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Dr. Hanson's lecture and meetings with Sophia the Robot will take place as part of the Space Month event throughout October of this month, organized by the Scientific Center. These lectures and meetings focus on a number of space-related topics, while its main subject is dedicated to moon landing and space exploration.

It is to say that Sophia the Robot is the brain child of Dr. Hanson. This invention gives a glimpse into the awe-inspiring potential of AI and robotics and provides enlightening insights into the provocative moral and ethical questions that accompany non-human intelligent life forms.

Sophia the Robot has spoken before the United Nations General Assembly and was named the first non-human citizen of Saudi Arabia. It possesses superhuman intelligence and advanced ability to read faces, empathize with emotions, understand the nuances of language and communicate with thousands of facial expressions.

It is noteworthy to mention that Dr. David Hanson has a worldwide reputation for inventing the world’s most human-like, empathetic, intelligent character robots in which he integrated figurative arts with science and engineering. He also invented novel skin materials, facial expression mechanisms, and intelligent software to animate the robots in face to face interactions with people.

David Hanson started as a Walt Disney Imagineer, working as a sculptor and a technical consultant in robotics; he published dozens of papers on materials science, artificial intelligence and cognitive science. He also wrote two books and received several patents.

In 2017, KFAS launched the KFAS Links Initiative; it is a series of dynamic lectures and panel discussions held throughout the year, aimed at enhancing the dissemination of science, technology and innovation, by creating an interactive platform through which members of the community share knowledge. The lectures will be delivered by leading international experts and researchers with expertise in science, technology and innovation.