According to a report by the state news agency SPA, Saudi Arabia creates history by unveiling “Sara,” the first robot to speak Arabic and perform well-known regional dances.
During the LEAP 2023 conference, a sizable international gathering for technology and digitization breakthroughs in Riyadh, Sara enthusiastically welcomed guests to the Saudi Digital Pavilion.
With the theme “Towards New Horizons,” LEAP 2023, now in its second iteration, began at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Center.
The robot Sara, which can interact with all guests, do all well-known dances, and answer questions, was developed by Saudi Digital and Qss Company.
When a guest says, “Hello Sara,” Sara’s artificial intelligence-powered camera can determine how close they are to it and can start a discussion.
The robot also features a pre-trained model that can recognise different Saudi dialects, study and grasp words, and then provide the appropriate text-based response.
“I’m honoured to have met Sara at #LEAP23 today. Sara, the first humanoid robot from Saudi Arabia, uses an AI voice recognition technology to talk in her own tongue “On February 7, a visitor tweeted.
Sophia’s Saudi Arabian Introduction
It’s also important to note that Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to grant citizenship to Sophia, a robot created by Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong, in October 2017.
“I feel incredibly honoured and pleased of this exceptional distinction. Being the first robot in history to be granted citizenship is significant “In her debut, Sophia said at the Future Initiative in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
Sophia reportedly started fighting for women’s rights in the nation just one month after becoming a citizen, according to an article by Interesting Engineering.
Sophia is a passionate supporter of human rights in general and the rights of women in particular, according to David Hanson, CEO of Hanson Robotics.
Sophia was unveiled at a time when women from all over the world questioned how Saudi Arabia, which forbids women from even driving, could grant the robot citizenship so soon.
Human rights activists also questioned how a man-made robot could become more socially advanced in a single day than the entire female population of the country.
In September 2022, Saudi Arabia also unveiled three new robots to recite the Quran, provide lectures, and sound the azan, or call to prayer, at the most important mosque in Islam, which is located in Mecca.