Sophia, the world’s first robot to be granted citizenship of a country, will be one of the speakers at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit on Feb. 8 to 9, 2018, organizers announced Thursday.
Created by Hong-Kong based Hanson Robotics, Sophia is an advanced robot, famed for “her” expressiveness, aesthetics and interactivity, as shown in many media appearances.
Sophia made her debut at the “South by Southwest” trade show in Austin, Texas, in March 2016 and has since become a much sought-after media personality, appearing on numerous television shows, including “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Good Morning Britain” with Piers Morgan, and has addressed members of the United Nations General Assembly committee.
The robot made headlines when she was given citizenship by Saudi Arabia in October 2017.
At the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit, Sophia will be interviewed on stage by a representative from event sponsor KPMG.
Organizers say the robot’s appearance complements the theme of the investment conference, “Wired: the rise of alternative investments in a digital age,” which targets opportunities at the intersection of alternative investing and technology.
With emerging technologies from bitcoin to artificial intelligence becoming more influential in the investment sphere, event organizers said the 2018 Cayman Alternative Investment Summit will provide a timely forum for hedge fund managers, allocators, economists, innovators and emerging technology.
“We’re incredibly excited about this year’s conference line-up as we know the intersection of Wall Street and emerging technologies like AI and blockchain has been a top-of-mind issue for managers and investors alike this past year,” said Chris Duggan, director of the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit and vice president of community development for event sponsor, Dart.
“With the combination of our industry speakers and special guest speakers from the technology space, we are confident this year’s conference will spark thought-provoking conversations about the future of the industry that will continue even after attendees leave Cayman,” he added.