Jul 1, 2019

Robot Sophia’s busy schedule in Africa: Africa Blockchain Conference and Davos of Human Capital

The two-day Conference and Tech Expo – the so-called The Africa Blockchain Conference 2019 will take place at the Kampala Serena Hotel, Uganda for the 3rd and 4th July 2019.

Robot Sophia will be a very special guest in attendance, to grace alongside other notable personalities like the President of Uganda and Sierra Leone President.

The conference will explore the aspects of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) – its opportunities as well as its threats.

Explaining the reason why Sophia the Robot is being invited as a special guest, Kwame Rugunda, the Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Uganda which is a co-organizer for the event said, “We are pleased to be hosting Sophia at this year’s Conference. She highlights many of the topics of interest that will be discussed at the Conference and shows how technology is enriching humanity. It’s human-like appearance and ability to express emotions will be a major attraction for all those that will be in attendance.”

After that, Robot Sophia and her creator David Hanson shall fly to South Africa to attend the Davos of Human Capital on 11 July, 2019 in Johannesburg. The purpose of this conference is to help the audience define the future for their organization in an era of artificial intelligence (AI) and digital disruption.

Digital disruption is a challenge for leaders around the world, but it is also a profound opportunity. The event will explore how we can shape the interaction between humanity and technology to build leadership for a better world.

Sharmla Chetty, Duke CE’s President for Global Markets which hosts the event said: “Many jobs and sectors will cease to exist – no industry or organisation is immune,”.

Chetty also comments on the coming attendance of Robot Sophia: “Sophia was created to be a research platform for ongoing AI and robotics research. We invited Sophia and Dr. Hanson to address this important issue of digital disruption facing our country. Sophia will provoke us to think and talk about how we step over the threshold and start better understanding AI and machine learning,”.

An interesting arrangement from the organizer: Upon bringing a children’s book to be donated to the Rally to Read Foundation, delegates to the conference will also have a once in a lifetime opportunity to take a selfie with Sophia.