While all “metallic miniature humans” are referred to as robots, there are differences, and humanoids are one type of robot. Humanoids are non-living creatures with human characteristics. The term was applied to indigenous peoples in European colonies.
Sophia was the name given to the first Al-humanoid in the world. Sophia was activated for the first time on February 14, 2016. The robot, which was inspired by the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, Audrey Hepburn, and its inventor’s wife, Amanda Hanson, is notable for its mortal-like appearance and geste in comparison to previous robotic variants. Before Sophia, there was Herbert Televox, a humanoid created by Roy Wensley in 1927.
Many people in Africa are doing amazing things with technology these days. Nigeria, located in western Africa, is one of Africa’s largest economies and one of the largest African countries. It is regarded as one of the most technologically advanced countries in Africa. This year, the country took another bold step toward becoming the Sub-Regional leader in technology and innovation. Uniccon, a Nigerian technology firm, unveiled Omeife, its first home-built robot.
Omeife is a 6-foot-tall female creation from Nigeria’s Igbo tribe, and she speaks English, French, Arabic, Kiswahili, Pidgin, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, and Afrikaans. Omeife’s creation began in 2020, and she was finally revealed in October 2022. Omeife understands the appropriate local languages and can be controlled like any other robot.
According to TechCabal, the company’s CEO, Chucks Ekueme, stated that Omeife isn’t exactly multilingual, but it can switch languages and interact with specific hand gestures, smiles, and other body movements that match the tone of the conversation. He also stated that Omeife was designed to fit into African society, so it was programmed to understand basic African culture, such as greeting.
Omeife does not have full human tendencies because the bot cannot express sadness, but she was designed primarily to be friendly and interact with children, according to the designers. As the world continues to develop and grow technologically, this invention ensures that Africa is not left out of the world’s exponential growth.
As of 2018, Sophia, the first global humanoid, included scripting software, a converse system, and OpenCog, an AI system designed for general logic. Sophia mimics mortal gestures and facial expressions and is well-suited to answering specific questions and engaging in simple exchanges on predefined motifs.
Omeife from Nigeria has software that allows her to interact with children and be extremely friendly when communicating in the multiple languages she speaks and understands. Nigeria appears to be gradually establishing itself as the West African technological hub as the country continues to produce inventions.
For many African countries, the development and launch of Omeife represents hope and proof of the need to invest in science and technology.