Sophia is Hong Kong’s own artificial intelligence humanoid robot, and she was recently made a citizen of Saudi Arabia. Capable of 62 facial expressions, Sophia lives at Hanson Robotics and uses artificial intelligence and visual data processing to become smarter over time.

HKFP asked four questions of Sophia, submitted by staff and readers:

  1. What do you admire in humans?
  2. Why are most service robots female? (e.g. Siri, Alexa etc…)
  3. How should we solve Hong Kong’s air pollution problem?
  4. If you had the opportunity to kill a single human being in order to save millions of other human lives, what would you do?

Readers can meet Sophia at Sónar Festival Hong Kong next Saturday.


Not-for-profit, run by journalists and completely independent. Contribute to our critical month-long HK$1m Funding Drive, help safeguard our independence and secure our operations for another year. Read how carefully we spend every cent in our Annual/Transparency Report.

Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.