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VIDEO: Robot Sophia responds to critic who said she was ‘more like a puppet’

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Sophia, the robot who made headlines late last year when she became the first to receive a Saudi citizenship, has responded to criticisms made by Facebook’s top AI expert doubting her skills.

Yann LeCun, Facebook’s head of AI research, recently spoke out against the social robot saying that she was “more like a puppet”.

“More BS from the (human) puppeteers behind Sophia,” LeCun wrote on Facebook last week. “Many of the comments would be good fun if they didn’t reveal the fact that many people are being deceived into thinking that this (mechanically sophisticated) animatronic puppet is intelligent. It’s not. It has no feeling, no opinions, and zero understanding of what it says. It’s not hurt. It’s a puppet.”

Al Arabiya’s Nawal Iyad reports.