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.

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Tom Grundy

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