Etihad to host humanoid Sophia at Arabian Travel Market

Abu Dhabi-based airline says AI-powered robot will hold interview about future of aviation
Etihad to host humanoid Sophia at Arabian Travel Market
By Staff writer
Fri 20 Apr 2018 01:35 PM

Etihad Airways will introduce humanoid robot Sophia to the UAE as a spokesperson for the future of innovation and technology in aviation at Arabian Travel Market.

Sophia is the AI-powered robot famous for speaking at the UN and interviewing celebrities and world leaders alike.

She was named the United Nations Development Programme’s first ever Innovation Champion for Asia and the Pacific, and is also the first robot in the world to have a nationality, after being granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia.

Sophia will take part in a one-on-one interview with host Damian Watson, head of station at Abu Dhabi Media Company, to discuss the future of innovation and technology in aviation, as well as talk about her experiences and impressions of the UAE capital at ATM on Sunday.

As well as Sophia’s appearance, the Etihad Theatre will feature presentations and Question and Answer sessions with Etihad executives and guests including Special Olympics and Manchester City Football Club, covering the areas of guest experience, marketing partnerships, environment and sustainability.

Etihad Airways CEO Peter Baumgartner will also take part in a one-on-one CEO interview as part of the main ATM programming on the ATM Global Stage on Sunday.

Visitors to Etihad stand will also be able to engage with its latest innovation in the Skylights – VR Entertainment trial.

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