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The World’s First Arabic Speaking Robot Flies to Riyadh

Dubai, United Arab Emirates : 10 February 2010

If you were fortunate enough to be lounging in the first class departure lounge of Emirates airline in Dubai earlier this week you might have come across Ibn Sina, the world’s first Arabic speaking robot.

The robot, which first appeared in Dubai in November 2009, can interact with people through conversation (in classical Arabic) and is able to recognise different faces.  He’s also permanently hooked up to his own internal internet.   Passengers were reported to be astonished as Mr Sina, who was travelling to Riyadh in order to be exhibited at an educational conference, checked himself on to the first class flight.

The robot has been developed by Dr Nikolaos Mavridis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and his team at the United Arab Emirates University College of Information Technology.  He has been named after the esteemed Arabic philosopher from the 11th century.  A less glamorous fate awaits the robotic namesake who could possibly enter mass production to be used as an assistant in shopping malls.

Sarah O’Connell, Gulf Jobs Market News

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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