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First humanoid celebrity, Sophia to grace C Town conference

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The world’s first humanoid celebrity is set to be presented at an education conference in Cape Town on Monday night.

The conference at Century City is focusing on the fourth industrial revolution.

Organisers say having Sophia at the conference is aimed at helping delegates gain an understanding of, and addressing uneasiness about embracing such technology.

“Humanoids, will help in terms of assisting humans doing critical tasks and robots doing non critical tasks, in terms of the negatives, the perceptions are that there will be job losses that will contribute to higher inequalities, specifically in say South Africa, where unemployment is already so high, so there’s positive and negative connotations, so what we do with the technology, rests with us individuals, corporate sector, government, decision-makers, because ultimately its ethical issues, but it’s in our hands what we do with such technology,” says conference organiser, Roshan Ramdhan.

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