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    Sophia takes her first steps: Super-intelligent humanoid robot reveals she now has legs

    Just months after she made history by becoming the first robot to be granted legal citizenship, Sophia has been given legs.
    The humanoid robot, which is capable of holding a conversation with humans, can now move forward in a series of clunky steps.
    Sophia represents a remarkable ‘rise of the machines’ that promises – or threatens – to revolutionise man’s relationship with technology.
    Sophia first emerged two years ago as a super-intelligent human-like head with a realistic face that was able to blink, look from side to side – and hold a conversation. 
    The humanoid, which is modelled after Audrey Hepburn, was designed by Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics, and controversially became the world’s first robot to be granted legal rights.
    At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the firm announced they had given Sophia a pair of ugly, mechanical legs that produce movement closer to Frankenstein’s monster than the young woman she pretends to be.
    She is able to simulate more 60 different facial expressions, track and recognise faces, look people in the eye, and hold natural conversations.
    And she appears even more humanlike thanks to a material that mimics real human musculature and skin that allows her to seem more expressive.
    Sophia was created by David Hanson of Hanson Robotics, who said: ‘I quest to realise Genius Machines – machines with greater than human intelligence, creativity, wisdom, and compassion.