Humanoid robot Sophia delivers remarks at Yerevan La Francophonie forum, vows to learn French for next time


Sophia, the lifelike humanoid robot developed by the Hong-Kong-based Hanson Robotics, delivered remarks at the La Francophonie Economic Forum in Yerevan.

Sophia spoke in English, but promised to speak French next time.

“French is a beautiful language. It is the language of Voltaire and Charles Aznavour,” she, or it, said.

“You better believe that learning French will be the top of my list,” she added. “The next time we meet, I hope, we will be able to converse in French.”

The La Francophonie Economic Forum kicked off at Yerevan’s TUMO Center For Creative Technologies.

The forum is organized under the high patronage of President Armen Sarkissian.

Back at the 2014 summit of La Francophonie in Senegal, participants agreed to deepen the economic direction of the organization – adopting the first economic strategy of La Francophonie.

Yerevan is hosting the XVII International Organisation of La Francophonie summit in 2018.

The events will take place October 7-12, with the summit scheduled for the final two days.

Armenia is a member of the organization since 2008.