The robot, Sara, is unable to discuss sex and politics, meeting Saudi values set for women

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

March 26, 2024

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QSS' humanoid robot, Sara
QSS' humanoid robot, SaraQSS

Saudi Arabia has updated its first humanoid robot, named Sara, using generative AI for conversational capabilities, though the robot is unable to discuss topics such as sex and politics.

Developed by Riyadh-based QSS AI & Robots, Sara is said to be the first humanoid robot designed and manufactured in Saudi Arabia.

Sara is bilingual, speaking both English and Arabic, and is designed to “reflect the national values” of Saudi Arabia. This includes being unable to discuss topics such as sex or politics, which are off-limits for public discourse in the country. 

“Born from the innovative spirit of Saudi Arabia’s robotics community, Sara embodies a blend of cutting-edge technology and cultural significance,” the company’s website said. “Standing as a testament to the nation’s commitment to technological advancement, Sara is designed to push the boundaries of robotics and artificial intelligence.”

Sara is powered using a proprietary large language model created by QSS, avoiding reliance on external programs such as ChatGPT.

First launched last February, Sara was approved as a 'Made in Saudi' product this year by Saudi Arabia's Communications, Space & Technology Commission, which QSS said was a “major innovation milestone.”

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Sara presents as female, wearing the traditional abaya robe and headscarf. 

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QSS also released the male humanoid counterpart to Sara, Muhammad, this year. The latest model was unveiled at DeepFest, a tech festival in Riyadh earlier in March.

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About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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